In Summary
  • KTDA paid an average of Sh41.27 per kilogramme against Sri Lanka’s Sh48.72 for the same quantity.
  • Both countries, however, recorded a decline in prices compared with the previous financial year. KTDA had paid Sh52 per kilo last year while farmers in Sri Lanka earned Sh51.

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) had the second best price in the world market as low earnings in 2019/20 financial year saw Sri Lanka dislodge it from the top position that it held last year.

The tea industry report released last week indicates that KTDA, which manages small-scale farmers, paid an average of Sh41.27 per kilogramme against Sri Lanka’s Sh48.72 for the same quantity.

Both countries, however, recorded a decline in prices compared with the previous financial year. KTDA had paid Sh52 per kilo last year while farmers in Sri Lanka earned Sh51.

“With all the challenges, we remained at the top in payment of our farmers, emerging number two in the world market,” said KTDA managing director Lerionka Tiampati.

Farmers affiliated to KTDA earned Sh69.7 billion in the review period compared with Sh85.7 billion that they got pocketed year.

KTDA has attributed the decline to low international prices during the review period following a glut and increased cost of production.

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