In Summary
  • The volume of tea produced between January and May rose to 187 million kilos against the 160 million recorded in similar period last year.
  • The increase was largely informed by the onset of rains.
  • The average price for the five months of 2018 was lower at Sh280 per kilo compared with Sh297 recorded for the corresponding period of 2017.
  • In May this year, says the report, 30.83 million kilos were sold through the auction against 30.84 million recorded in May 2017.

Tea production in the first five months of the year rose 17 per cent compared with corresponding period last year, with the oversupply hitting growers’ earnings.

Data from the Tea Directorate indicate the volume of tea produced between January and May rose to 187 million kilos against the 160 million recorded in similar period last year. The increase was largely informed by the onset of rains.

“The increase in production was largely attributed to the onset of the long rain season which was experienced both at the East and West of the Rift,” says the directorate in the monthly report.

The average price for the five months of 2018 was lower at Sh280 per kilo compared with Sh297 recorded for the corresponding period of 2017.

In May this year, says the report, 30.83 million kilos were sold through the auction against 30.84 million recorded in May 2017.

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