NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will soon commence export of
about five million kilograms of specialty tea to China annually
amid deepening bilateral trade, an official said on Monday.
Mwangi Kiunjuri, cabinet secretary in the ministry of
agriculture, livestock and fisheries, said that Kenyan farmers
are expected to earn 7 billion shillings (about 70 million U.S.
dollars) from export of purple tea to the Chinese market in the
initial three years.
"This is expected to increase to over 30 million kilograms
annually valued at an estimated 40 billion shillings in the next
10 years," said Kiunjuri.
He spoke during a meeting with a delegation from China
National Forest Industry Federation Ecological Tea and Coffee
Branch and Fuzhou Benny Tea Industry Company Limited who are in
Kenya to discuss strategies aimed at deepening trade in
The seven member delegation from China that is visiting Kenya
from Aug 24 to Sept. 1 will sign memorandum of
understandings(MoU) with five specialty tea processing factories
to pave way for export of the commodity to the Asian country.
Kiunjuri said that Kenya is keen to forge robust partnership
with Chinese enterprises to boost growth of the nascent
specialty tea market.
"We believe a partnership with Chinese companies will lead to
growth of the purple tea market segment. It is our desire to
pursue enhanced access to Chinese market for tea products," said
He revealed that Fuzhou Benny Tea Industry Company limited
agreed to provide machinery and expertise to five Kenyan purple
tea processing factories during recent negotiation with Kenyan
According to Kiunjuri, the Chinese firm also agreed to
warehouse and market the Kenyan purple tea through an electronic
Zhang Chaobin, chairman of Fuzhou Benny Tea Industry Company
Limited said that a vibrant Sino-Kenya trade in specialty tea
will help fulfill key objectives of The Belt and Road
"Our trade with Kenya in the specialty tea sector is
"It will also boost friendship," said Zhang.
Zhu Zhonghai, secretary general of China National Forestry
Industry Federation Ecological Tea and Coffee Branch said that
high quality specialty tea from Kenya will resonate with Chinese