Kenya’s Tea Ex­port Earn­ings Out­put is Ris­ing in 2018

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Kenya’s tea ex­port earn­ings are fore­cast to rise fur­ther this year, while to­tal out­put is ex­pected to im­prove af­ter a fall in pro­duc­tion last year, the Agri­cul­ture and Food Author­ity’s Tea Direc­torate said.

Ex­port earn­ings will rise by five per­cent in 2018 to 135 bil­lion shillings ($1.33 bil­lion), while to­tal out­put is ex­pected to hit 452 mil­lion kilo­grams (kg) buoyed by good weather con­di­tions, af­ter drought had cut the coun­try’s pro­duc­tion in 2017, the direc­torate said in a state­ment.

The East African na­tion is the big­gest ex­porter of black tea in the world, and tea is also the lead­ing source of for­eign exchange.

To­tal ex­port earn­ings rose to 129 bil­lion shillings in 2017 - the high­est in five years - from 120 bil­lion shillings a year ear­lier, while to­tal out­put was down seven per­cent to 439 mil­lion kg.

Drought hit many parts of Kenya’s farm­ing ar­eas in early 2017, af­fect­ing the out­put of tea while pro­cess­ing fac­to­ries re­ceived fewer de­liv­er­ies.

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