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Kenya's Tea Exports hit Ksh69 Billion...Bodi ya Tz mpo hapo?

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Ab-Titchaz, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Something postive and worth mentioning from across the border. Changamoto kwa Tea Board of Tanzania kuanza kuweka mikakati ya kukuza huu mmea na by extension kuwasaidia wakulima in terms of improving their economies of scale. Hata hivyo I wonder if the local tea planter in Kenya alifaidi kwa kuuza mmea au ni kina Moi na Kipgatich factory waliofaidi? Just a question to our brethren.

    Kenya's tea export earnings defy drought to hit Sh69bn


    Ms Sicily Kariuki, the MD of Tea Board of Kenya, told a press briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday that the country's tea exports grew by Sh7 billion last year from the amount recorded in 2008

    Posted Tuesday, January 26 2010 at 18:00​

    Tea exports earned the country Sh69 billion last year, up from Sh62 billion in 2008, despite shrinking volumes.

    The Tea Board of Kenya, the sector's regulator, reported on Tuesday that the reduction in volumes caused by prolonged drought was made up for by a favourable exchange rate.

    During the period, the shilling weakened against the US dollar, dropping from Sh69 in 2008 to an average of Sh76.

    Tea auction

    Average tea prices rose to $2.72 a kilo from $2.33. Prices at the Mombasa tea auction were also the highest recorded in close to two-and-half decades, said Tea Board of Kenya managing director Sicily Kariuki.

    She said Kenya's tea export this year is expected to increase to about 370 million kilos from 342 million kilos in 2009.

    "But the tea export earnings for the year 2010 are expected to increase marginally to Sh70 billion," she told a media briefing in Nairobi.

    World tea production for 2010 is expected to reach 3.9 billion kilos, or five per cent higher than the 3.72 billion kilos projected for 2009.

    During the first quarter of the year, North India, which accounts for over 70 per cent of India's tea production, and Bangladesh would experience less crop compared to the last three months of 2009 due to the winter season.

    Afghanistan and Sudan were the only markets or export destinations that recorded growth, at 29 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.