Kenya Tea Exports Fall in First 8 Months of 2020 on Reduced Demand

Minimum Tax to Cost Tea Farmers Kes 745 Million Per Annum

Kenya tea exports have dipped marginally from 337,000 tons in 2019 to 323,000 tons in 2020 according to data.

The Tea Directorate says this is due to a decrease in the demand for the produce in the world market which witnessed a 7 percent drop in exports to Pakistan and a 14 percent drop in exports to Egypt. 

Pakistan is Kenya’s largest market, shipping about 36 percent of the total production.

On the other hand, the volume of tea produced in the eight months grew by 33 percent representing 375,000 tons against 281,000 tons in the same period in 2019.

Earnings from the black tea exports increased by 22 percent in H1 2020 to KSh68.9 billion compared to KSh56.5 billion for the same period in 2019 attributed to increased output of tea in the first six months of 2020, which jumped by 41 percent compared to last year’s output.