Tea production expected to drop due to ongoing drought

By Caroline Njenga

Tea production is projected to drop by 30 percent due to the prolonged dry spell.

Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) Chairman Peter Kanyago says there has been no increase in crop production urging tea farmers to brace themselves for hard times in coming months.

Most parts of the country have been hit hard by long dry spells which have in turn affected farming activities.

Among crops that have been expected is tea whose production is expected to dip.

KTDA is projecting a 30 percent drop in tea production this year.

There are fears that reduced production could affect earnings which has prompted some factories within Nyeri County to contemplate retrenchment to cut on costs.

This comes even as tea prices have started improving at the Mombasa tea auction after months of volatility.

Experts say the low tea production could push up demand for the produce as well as prices.

This comes on the backdrop of KTDA announcing that it has found a new markets for tea in Iran and Russia after the United Nations lifted a 10-year embargo.

Kanyago says KTDA will expand the orthodox tea product in order to dislodge India and Sri Lanka that has dominated the market over the years.


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