Tea exports reduced 28% in the month of May as compared to the same period last year despite increased production due to good weather.
Data from the Tea Board of Kenya indicate that the country shipped 37 million kilos worth KSh11.7 billion compared to 51 million kilos worth KSh 13 billion last year.
The board says the decline in exports is due Russian-Ukraine crisis that has reduced the spending power of new Kenyan tea markets.
The global recession occasioned by the Russia-Ukraine crisis saw Kenyan tea exports destinations shrinking to 40 markets compared to 51 during the same period last year.
Pakistan remained the leading export destination for Kenyan tea as the country shipped 13.84 million kilos of green leaf worth KSh4.4 billion.
Shipments to Pakistan accounted for 38% of Kenya’s total tea export volumes. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt that imported 5.31 million kilos of Kenyan tea worth KSh1.6 billion.
The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Yemen, Russia and Sudan rounded off as Kenya’s top tea export destination, cumulatively importing 11 million kilos of green leaf worth KSh3.5 billion.