Tea production in May totalled 39.04 M/kgs, thereby recording the highest-ever production for the month.
“The May crop was the highest-ever production for a single month with the previous highest being 35.1 M/kgs achieved in March 2011,” Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers said.
The May 2014 crop also shows a gain of 5.3 M/kgs vis-à-vis 33.6 M/kgs recorded during May 2013.
Forbes and Walker said High, Medium and Low Growns have shown a significant gain in 2014 vis-à-vis 2013.
Tea crop for the period of January-May 2014 of 141.6 M/kgs, however, show a decrease of 7.4 M/kgs vis-à-vis 149.1 M/kgs of 2013. Production in respect of all elevations for the period January-May 2013 too shows a decrease vis-à-vis 2013.
CTC production for the month of May of 2.18 M/kgs shows a marginal gain vis-à-vis 2.10 M/kgs of 2013. High & Medium Grown elevations have shown a gain in 2014 vis-à-vis 2013, whilst Low Growns show a negative growth in 2014. January-May cumulative production totalled 8.5 M/kgs vis-à-vis 10.2 M/kgs of 2013 showing a decline of 1.76 M/kgs. Here again, all elevations show a decline YOY.
Asia Siyaka Commodities said May is traditionally a high cropping month as the usual dry first quarter gives way to rainy weather. “Over the last four years production has been around 33 M/kgs. This year’s figure therefore is more likely to reflect carry over data from previous months,” Asia Siyaka added.