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Projecting Kenya Tea Outlook.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- Kenya's tea production rose 24.1% in January 2000 compared with the same month last year, but officials warned yesterday that drought and frost could hurt future production. The Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) said January's production was 27,009,133kg against 21,767,592kg in 1999.

"We have started on a good footing but we have to watch for two to three months to see if we are out of the woods," Stephen Nkanata, board chief executive told. The Financial Times of London recently. He added that the big January production figure was mainly an adequate short rains during the months of October and November. However, he warned that the higher than expected crop could not be sustained because drought and frost hit key growing areas of western Kenya in late January.

Kenya's tea production fell to 248m kg last year from 294m kg in 1998, mainly as a result of severe drought that persisted for most of early last year.
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Title Annotation:tea production statistics for 2000
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Mar 1, 2000
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