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Kenyan Tea

Kenya is basically an agricultural country and the economy depends largely on agriculture. Tea was introduced in kenya in 1903. Commercial tea growing, however, was possible only after the 1920s. Tea here is grown mainly in the high lands. The major production is concentrated in the west of the Rift. In the high lands, tea is grown from 5500 ft to 6000 feet above sea level.

Kenyan Tea Statistics

Production (1999): 248,800MT

Share in world production (1998): 9.9%

Area under Tea(1998): 118,650 hectare

Export (1998): 202840 MT

Export of Kenyan Tea

Kenyan tea started being exported from 1978 and have been stable till 1989, only with an exception of 1984-85.

Climate and condition

The tea industry of Kenya is under the overall umbrella of the Tea Board of Kenya. After the common Tea Research Institute of Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania ceased to exist in 1980, its Tea Board took over the functions of the institute.

Tea Growing Areas

The principal tea growing districts of Kenya are located between Mount Kenya and Lake Victoria on either side of the Rift Valley. Kericho is the main tea growing district of  in the west followed by Nandi, Sotik and Kisii around Kiricho. Lamuru is the main tea growing district in the east. Other areas are Meru, Nyeri, Kitale.

Tea Duties & Taxes

  1. Export Duty: Nil
  2. Manufacturing Cess: K Shs 46 per 100 kgs of Made Tea.
  3. Planted Hectrage Cess: K Shs 2.50 per hectare.
  4. Local Government Agricultural Produce Cess: 1% of the gross income to the farmer.
  5. Presumptive Income Tax: (reintroduced since w.e.f. January 1, 1996): 2.5% of Gross Income to the farmer.
  6. Import Duty
Green Tea in Packing not exceeding 3 kgs 30% per kgs
Other Green Tea 30% per kgs
Black Tea in Packing not exceeding 3 kgs 30% per kgs
Other Black Tea 30% per kgs
Instant Tea, conc. hot water soluble in powder form 30% per kgs
Instant Tea conc., cold water soluble in powder form 30% per kgs
Instant Tea conc., Hot water solubles in other forms 30% per kgs
Instant Tea conc., cold water soluble in other forms. 30% per kgs
Mate 30% per kgs
The Tea Board of Kenya
Naivasha Road, Off Ngong Road,
P.O.Box 20064
Nairobi.
Phone: 572421/ 572497/ 574445/6
Fax: 562120
Email: teaboardk@form-net.com

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