The East African Tea Trade Auction says the rollout of its Ksh 150 million automated system at the Mombasa tea auction would improve efficiency to cushion farmers from reduced earnings as a result of surplus production.
Tea traders say good rains have boosted production which has seen the price per kilo of tea reduce by at least 100 shillings when compared to a year ago.
Favorable weather conditions pushed tea production to an all-time high of 493 million kilograms in 2018, a 12 percent increase compared to 2017.
Similarly, tea auction prices took a beating as the price per kilo shrunk to two dollars and 58 cents from two dollars and 98 cents per kilo recorded in a year earlier.
This year alone prices per kilo have dipped 4 percent compared to the same period the previous year, touching a four year low.
KTDA which accounts for 57% of total tea sold at the Mombasa Tea Auction is, however, painting a positive outlook.
This is the Mombasa tea auction, the second largest in the world, with at least 70 buyers daily targeting produce from ten countries.
The East African Tea Trade which runs the trade center is spending Ksh 150 million on automating systems to be concluded this year.