Thursday, January 05, 2012

Kenya: "Worst ever" case of frost hits the country

The Standard | Frost curbs Kenya's January tea production
Kenya, the world's biggest exporter of black tea, has lost a significant part of its tea production for this month due to severe frost in key growing areas, which could cut its foreign exchange earnings, a major industry group said on Thursday.
In this week alone, about 20 million kg of green leaf was damaged by frost, which occurs when temperatures plunge at night after hot days, said Alfred Njagi, general manager of operations at the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).
..."We are looking at about 20 million kg of green leaf we have lost, whose value is in the region of Sh1 billion ($11.4 million)," Njagi said, adding that this was the worst ever case of frost to hit the country.

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