The country registered a drop in the production of tea by 2.94 percent in February this year.
6.8 million kilogrammes of tea were produced in February compared to 7 million kg in February 2017, statistics from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) have revealed.
RBM in its Monthly Economic Report for February, indicates that tea sales for the month through the Limbe Auction Market were at 0.8 million kg, which is slightly lower than 0.9 million kg in February 2017.
“Tea prices averaged $1.89 per kg during the month under review compared to $1.78 fetched in a corresponding month in the preceding year. Consequently, total realization from tea sales in the month under review amounted to $1.4 million, compared to $1.6 million realized in February 2017,” reads the report in part.
Recently, Tea Association of Malawi Vice Chairman, Atu Kalinga said due to the rains, tea production has picked up, and raised hopes that the industry this will record improved output.
“We have had good rains so far, and if this continues, we expect our output to be much higher as compared to last season. This will also depend on, when the rains will stop. Our prayer is that the rains should go on up to May and that, we should also experience the Chiperoni winds,” Kalinga said.
On sugar, RBM has said domestic sugar sales amounted to 10.1 million kg in February 2018, slightly lower than 10.2 million kg sold in February 2017.