MONTHLY REVIEW

 

         

          A Review Of The Kenya Crop & The Mombasa Market: December, 2018

 

 

O F F E R E D

S O L D*

AVERAGE

2 0 1 8

Packages

Kilos

Packages

Kilos

US$

Kenya

369,797

24,871,076.00

343,778

23,139,017.00

$2.30

Uganda

85,113

4,772,109.00

77,593

4,321,981.00

$1.21

Rwanda

23,520

1,600,610.00

18,820

1,291,359.00

$2.68

Tanzania

20,320

1,190,823.00

17,660

1,023,276.00

$1.47

Ethiopia

320

12,640.00

320

12,640.00

$1.00

D R of Congo

-

-

-

-

-

Mozambique

-

-

-

-

-

Burundi

7,800

495,473.00

5,760

370,616.00

$2.23

TOTAL

506,870

32,942,731.00

463,931

30,158,889.00

$2.13

 

2 0 1 7

Packages

Kilos

Packages

Kilos

US$

Kenya

391,700

26,082,426.00

379,181

25,293,198.00

$2.79

Uganda

78,435

4,470,027.00

68,235

3,992,971.00

$1.83

Rwanda

23,120

1,572,187.00

19,040

1,302,727.00

$3.10

Tanzania

15,140

862,691.00

14,540

824,521.00

$1.96

Ethiopia

1,300

64,246.00

1,180

57,031.00

$1.81

D R of Congo

40

2,872.00

40

2,872.00

$1.80

Mozambique

1,500

87,693.00

1,340

79,509.00

$1.52

Burundi

7,720

496,613.00

6,580

428,151.00

$2.94

TOTAL

518,955

33,638,755.00

490,136

31,980,980.00

$2.66

 (Incl of outlots from previous sales)

 

               

 

The crop figure for the month of November, 2018 has not yet been announced by the Tea Directorate.

 

KENYA:  West of the Rift:  - Kericho  generally warm, sunny and windy conditions experienced during the days with partly cloudy afternoons in the first week which was drier while the following week was generally sunny and dry; the weather took a turn with rainy and wet conditions reported in the third week and 82mm was recorded in the first three days followed by sunny intervals for the rest of the days. Bomet useful rainfall was reported and recorded 70mm in the first week, waning to 48mm the following week and further reduced to 25mm in the last week. Nyamira and Kisii recorded 11mm rainfall in the first week, increasing to 37mm the following week but waned to 27mm in the last week.

Temperatures averaged maximum of 24C and minimum of 11C in the month.

Crop maintained.

-Nandi  only 3mm(weekly total 37.7mm) rainfall was reported in the first week, which increased to 19mm(weekly total 264.7mm) and 55mm(weekly total 774.6mm) in the remaining weeks respectively.

Temperatures averaged highs of 26C and lows of 10C during the period.

Crop maintained.

-East of the Rift: - Kiambu 20mm rainfall was reported in the first week and increased to 63mm the following week but reduced to 48mm in the last week. Muranga/Nyeri/Kirinyaga in the first week precipitation recorded at 20mm and thereafter increased to 34mm and 54mm in the remaining two weeks respectively. Aberdare range of mountains 42mm, 59mm and 46mm rainfall was recorded in the three weeks respectively. Embu/Meru useful rainfall was recorded at 72mm, 76mm and 57mm in the three weeks respectively.

Temperatures averaged maximum of 23C and minimum of 14C in the month.

 Crop maintained.

TANZANIA:  East Usambara 25.05mm rainfall was reported during the first week with only a few scattered showers the following week but in the last week useful precipitation was recorded at 51.25mm.

Temperatures  averaged highs of 27C and lows of 20C in the three weeks.

Crop maintained.

Southern Highlands in the first week rainfall of 21mm was recorded increasing to 55mm and 89mm in the remaining two weeks respectively.

Temperatures averaged highs of 23C and lows of 13C in the period.

Crop low in the first week but improving.

WESTERN UGANDA: - Hoima a few scattered showers were reported in the first week with only 8mm rainfall the following week which increased to 37mm in the final week. Kibale precipitation was recorded at 12mm in the first week with more rainfall of 25mm the following week but waned to 11mm in the last week. Fort Portal 10mm, 37mm and 33mm of rainfall was reported in the three weeks respectively. Bushenyi 34mm rainfall was reported in the first week, increasing to 39mm the following week but reduced to 12mm in the final week.

Temperatures:  averaged maximum of 29C and minimum of 17C during the period.

Crop:  maintained with a slight improvement in the last week.

Three sales were held during the month where a total of 463,931packages were sold at an average price of US$2.13 comparative figures for the same month last year were 490,136 packages sold at an average price of US$2.66.

 

A rather irregular demand due to larger offerings and inconsistent rains teas. With more interest from Pakistan and Egyptian Packers in the last two sales and stocking up in the closing week, the market was fairly buoyant.  

 

There was fairly good demand for the 166,856 packages (10,894,352 kilos) on offer at irregular rates which eased as the sale progressed with 14.40% neglected in the first sale of the month of December. The best BP1s available appreciated by up to USC26 but some lines eased with quality while brighter varieties were firm to USC23 below previous levels with medium sorts irregular and ranged between USC6 to USC17 dearer to easier by USC5 to USC8 and a few invoices were unsold. Lower medium types eased by USC5 to USC14 with plainer types discounted by USC6 to USC9 and some teas were unsold. Best PF1s on offer shed USC4 to USC10 and a few invoices were unsold with brighter categories easing by USC2 to USC5 while medium varieties lost USC3 to USC8 with some teas neglected. Lower mediums saw an irregular enquiry ranging between USC8 dearer to easier by up to USC4 with plainer descriptions discounted by USC7 to USC16 where sold. The best PDUSTs in the market were steady to USC8 dearer with brighter sorts firm to USC6 below last prices while medium varieties were steady to USC14 easier; lower medium types met an irregular interest varying between USC28 dearer to easier by up to USC4 with plainer categories declining by USC4 to USC7 and some lines remained unsold. Best DUST1s available saw an irregular activity ranging between USC5 dearer to easier by up to USC11 while brighter varieties gained up to USC13 but some lines eased by USC6 with medium sorts holding firm to USC30 and more easier; lower mediums appreciated by USC5 to USC7 with plainer categories steady to USC10 easier and many teas were neglected.


Good general demand prevailed for the 168,848 packages (10,976,973 kilos) in the market and 10.77% remained unsold the following week. Best BP1s on offer were irregular and varied between USC28 dearer following quality to easier by up to USC40 and more while brighter types were steady to USC12 dearer with mediums irregular varying between USC6 to USC12 dearer to easier by up to USC22 and some lines were unsold; lower mediums met an irregular interest ranging between USC40 and more dearer to easier by USC4 while plainer descriptions were better absorbed at USC4 to USC11 above last prices. The best PF1s in the market held steady to USC4 dearer but some lines were unsold while brighter sorts appreciated by USC4 to USC8 with mediums holding firm to USC12 dearer but some invoices were neglected; lower medium categories eased by USC4 to USC16 while plainer varieties ranged between USC6 dearer to easier by up to USC2 where sold. Best PDUSTs available shed USC5 to USC8 while brighter varieties saw an irregular enquiry varying between USC12 dearer to easier by a similar level with mediums irregular and varied between firm to USC2 above previous levels to easier by USC5 to USC10. Lower medium categories ranged between USC14 dearer to easier by up to USC16 while plainer types were irregular varying between USC4 dearer to easier by up to USC5. The best DUST1s on offer met an irregular interest varying between USC9 dearer to easier by up to USC10 with brighter varieties easing by USC7 to USC20 while medium categories saw an irregular market ranging between steady to USC5 dearer to easier by USC3 to USC6. Lower mediums were well competed for at USC2 to USC42 below last prices while plainer descriptions ranged between USC3 dearer to easier by up USC7.

 

Improved general demand for the 171,166 packages (11,071,765 kilos) on offer with only 9.09% remaining unsold in the last sale of the year. The best BP1s available appreciated by USC4 to USC5 with brighter categories well-competed for and gained USC4 to USC22 while medium sorts saw an irregular enquiry varying between firm to USC20 dearer to easier by up to USC4 and some lines were neglected. Lower medium types were irregular and varied between USC12 dearer to easier by up USC40 and more with plainer varieties ranging between USC7 above previous levels to easier by up to USC11. Best PF1s on offer were USC3 to USC6 dearer with brighter categories irregular varying between USC7 dearer to easier by USC12 while medium varieties met an irregular interest and ranged between USC2 to USC6 dearer to easier by up to USC6. Lower mediums saw improved enquiry and gained USC9 to USC12 but some teas were irregularly easier following quality with plainer types were well absorbed at USC4 to USC5 easier. The best PDUSTs in the market were irregular and varied between USC3 dearer to easier by up to USC16 with brighter sorts ranging between USC7 above previous rates to easier by up to USC12; lower medium types saw good interest easing by USC4 to USC12. Plainer descriptions saw good absorption but eased by up to USC8 with plainest difficult of sale. Best DUST1s available varied between USC4 dearer to easier by USC10 while brighter categories ranged between USC9 dearer to easier by up to USC8 with mediums irregular varying between USC5 to USC8 dearer to easier by up to USC38; lower medium varieties varied between USC21 dearer to easier by up to USC2 with plainer sorts ranging between USC15 dearer to easier by up to USC6 where sold.

In the Secondary Catalogues BPs gained. PFs eased in the first week with dearer tendencies in the remaining sales. Clean well sorted coloury Fannings appreciated while similar DUSTs were steady. Other Fannings were irregular holding firm in the opening week, easing the following sale and gained in the final week while similar DUSTs were about firm but lost value in the second week. BMFs were well absorbed.

Pakistan Packers lent more and useful support while Egyptian Packers showed useful and increased interest but activity eased. There was less interest from Afghanistan in the first and second weeks but showed more and useful support in the closing sale while Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries reduced participation but were active in the closing week. Bazaar showed more and useful enquiry but were less active in the first week. Kazakhstan and other CIS nations lent strong and more support although less active and selective in Sale 51 while Sudan maintained interest in the opening week but thereafter showed more and useful interest with reducing participation from Russia. UK showed more activity but were selective in Sale 49 while Iran were subdued. Somalia were more active at the lower end of the market.

 

C T C QUOTATIONS Opening (italics) & Closing Sales

CATEGORY

BP1 USC

PF1 USC

PDUST USC

DUST1 USC

Best

282 476

288 425

280 316

284 324

280 358

278 334

280 321

274 320

Good

260 322

282 338

272 296

280 302

278 292

272 293

280 296

252 298

Good Medium

272 350

270 358

264 290

258 310

275 288

270 296

275 295

237 300

Medium

200 270

208 278

222 266

230 270

225 262

227 260

160 254

170 245

Lower Medium

130 223

138 220

136 230

129 240

128 202

100 212

147 216

126 212

Plainer

116 166

127 166

107 194

100 196

105 190

100 186

107 178

115 175