If you grow something, it’s always the cold you fear.
By Paul Homewood
Scientists from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) said during a global conference that land under tea will reduce by 42 per cent by 2050, creating excess capacity in tea factories dependent on the catchments.
Areas West of the Rift Valley particularly Nandi, Kericho, and Gucha will be the most affected according to the study titled Future Climate Scenarios for Kenya’s Tea Growing Areas by Dr Peter Laderach, Dr Audberto Quiroga, Dr Jason Gordon, and Dr Anton Eitzinger.
The study says producers in Bomet, Kisii, and Nyamira will need to adapt their farm management to the new conditions.
Actual data tells us that tea production in Kenya has been growing rapidly since the 1970s, global warming or not, and has enjoyed record harvests in 2013 and 2014, according to the UN’s FAOSTAT data up to 2014:
As is often the case with…
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