Tea and coffee production decreases in Kazakhstan
Sales of tea have observed a 6% decrease within the year.
Over 10 months of 2018, tea and coffee production has reached 14.3 thousand tons, a 3.1% less compared to that of last year, BNews.kz reports referring to Energyprom.kz.
Almaty has the main share of tea and coffee production (87.4%) - 12.5 thousand tons, and the volume of tea production has gone up by 75% over year for January0September 2018 in the Karaganda region.
The tea and coffee market is badly in need for import substitution, following 9 months of 2018, the domestic products have covered a mere 29.6 percent of demand.
At the same time, the consumption has decreased, tea and coffee sales in the internal market have felt by 6.4% over year, and the volume of exports has observed a 41.6 percent growth over year.
The decrease in demand affected the imports: -3.9% over year.
Over 9 months of 2018, imports of the famous beverage among Kazakh citizens have equaled 21.3 thousand tons (-15.7% over year), US $77 million (-15.8% over year).
Kenya is the main supplier of tea to Kazakhstan for January-September 2018 (48% of supplies in volume terms, and 47.4% - in monetary terms). It is followed by India (33.7% of imports in tons, and 28.4% - in monetary terms), and Russia (10.3% in volume terms, and 17.5% - in monetary terms).
Following October 2018, black tea has cost 2 868,4 tenge per kilogram, that is by 1.6% cheaper compare to the previous year.
Tonic beverage has been cheap in the city of Kostanay (3341 tenge per kilogram, +2% over year), Almaty (3164 tenge per kilogram, -4.8% over year), and Astana (3140 tenge per kilogram, +0.7% over year).
The biggest growth in tea prices has been observed in the city of Aktau: +10.4% over year, up to 2906 tenge per kilogram.