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Tea exports to top markets fall 17pc in quarter three

A tea farm in Kijabe. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A tea farm in Kijabe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Tea exports to Kenya’s major markets in the year to September dropped 17 per cent compared with corresponding period in 2016 with some top buyers registering significant cuts.

Statistics from Tea Directorate indicate the volume of exports fell to 320 million kilogrammes (Kg) from 387 Kgs last year.

The September report shows the total volume exported to the UK and Egypt dropped 39 per cent and 14 per cent respectively as the drought bit.
Egypt is the second largest buyer followed by UK at number three. Pakistan is the top buyer. 

Tea was shipped to 39 export destinations compared with 41 markets for the same period in 2016. Pakistan led with 9.91 million kgs, accounting for 28 per cent of the total volume.