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Kenya's tea production, export and consumption quantities

Kenya is one of the oldest tea producing countries in Africa, first introduced in 1903 but commercialised in 1924.

Currently, Kenya is the biggest exporter of black tea globally with a projected output of 412,000 metric tonnes in 2017, according to Kenya's Tea Directorate.

Latest data from the tea directorate show production so far in 2017 has gone down by a third compared to last year.

This is attributed to failure of the seasonal long-term rainfall between March and May in the tea growing areas of Bomet, Kericho, Kissi, Nandi, Nyamira, and Sotik counties.

Biggest importer

Kenyan tea is sold through the Mombasa Tea Auction. Auctions are held weekly on Mondays and Tuesday. Tea bought from the auction may be exported or packed and sold locally.

Pakistan is the biggest importer of Kenya's tea, singlehandedly importing approximately 27 per cent of Kenya’s total tea exported in August 2017.

Other major importers of Kenyan tea include the United Kingdom, Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan and Russia.

Other big exporters of black tea globally are China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India. Production in all these countries outweigh consumption.