“This performance has been realised at a time when most of tea producing countries have registered increased production,” said Mr Tiampati last week.

In Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania Malawi and Uganda came in at position six, nine 10 and 11 respectively.

Kolkata Tea Auction in India emerged the best trading centre for black CTC brand in the world with the payment of an average price of Sh264 per kilo followed by Mombasa at Sh244.

Colombo auction, which mainly trades in orthodox tea fetched Sh335 per kilo. These speciality tea fetches premium price and Kenya has over the years been diversifying to this variety to cut overreliance on the black CTC.

Sri Lanka is the leading producer of tea in the world and consumes almost its total output, a move that has helped the country to overcome price volatility at the world market. On the other hand, Kenya exports 96 percent of its tea, hence the cost is determined by the global trending price.

Efforts by Tea Directorate to have Kenyans consume more tea have not been fruitful over the years with the figure stagnating at a paltry four percent.

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