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    Victory Amah

      In 2021, Kenya exported 558 million kilograms of tea, they have been the world’s largest tea exporter closely followed by China and Sri Lanka, according to data from the International Tea Committee.

      Regarding production, Kenya came third after China, which produced three million tons in 2021, followed by India at 1.3 million tons. “China was the dominant player, as it produced a whopping three million tons of tea in 2021, almost half the global production of 6.45 million tons. Indian tea production stood at 1.3 million tons,” according to a report by ITC.


      “Exports-Wise, however, the picture is slightly different. Kenya was the world’s largest tea exporter in 2021, having sold 558 million kilograms on the global markets, with China and Sri Lanka coming in at second and third places, with 369 million kilograms and 282 million kilograms of exports,” the ITC report said. “India, the world’s second-largest tea producer, stood at number four,” the report added. Kenya, however, emerged fifth on the list of countries producing the best teas.

      According to Insider Monkey, a global media outlet, Kenya exported tea worth Ksh137 billion in 2021, most of which was black tea. “Crucially, Kenya exports the bulk of its production, unlike some other tea countries and small farmers dominate the industry,” according to ITC,

      “The bulk of its tea production is black tea, and other variants are also produced but in small quantities,” the ITC report said. China in 2022, deepened its ties with Kenya after ordering five million kilograms of tea per year to cater to its population. The deal aimed to benefit Kenyan farmers, who suffered some of the lowest prices at the auction, with an annual income of Ksh7 billion.

      Tea production is not only a top employer but also a top contributor to Kenya’s export earnings. The tea is usually grown in a large tea plantation that employs up to 100,000 workers while the rest is produced by over 600,000 small-scale farmers. Up to 10% of Kenyans depend on tea for their livelihood. It also contributes 4% of Kenya’s GDP while also contributing to 26% of Kenya’s export earnings. Kenya has a lot of potential, especially in its tea industry. The future of the tea industry in Kenya lies in blockchain technology.

      Kenya, just like most African countries, is an agricultural economy. As it transitions to a manufacturing economy, via agro-processing, Kenya needs to leverage technology to ensure that producers at the bottom of the value chain are not left behind. Blockchain technology directly connects farmers to markets, eliminating middlemen and as a result ensuring that small-scale farmers gain the full value for their cash crop.





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