(Updates with coffee exports in fourth paragraph.)
June 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tea production in Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of the black variety of the leaves, fell 12 percent in April to 31,482 metric tons from a year earlier, the Kenya National Statistics Bureau said.
Export of the leaves increased to 32,083 tons in the month from 27,945 tons in April 2010, the Nairobi-based bureau said in a statement on its website today.
Unseasonably dry weather has curbed agricultural output in Kenya, which relies on farming for a quarter of its gross domestic product. On June 8, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta forecast that growth in East Africa’s largest economy will slow to 5.3 percent this year from 5.6 percent in 2010.
Kenyan coffee exports rose 1.1 percent to 4,253.5 tons in April, up from 4,205.7 tons the same month a year earlier, while sugar output surged by a fifth to 54,968 tons in March from a year ago.
Cement production grew to 310,276 tons in April from 284,987 tons a year earlier and consumption of building materials advanced 9 percent in the same period to 266,951 tons, the bureau said.
--Editors: Jennifer M. Freedman, Eddie Buckle
To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at email@example.com