Finally: Solutions by the President Uhuru to Tea Farmers’ Grievances
Kenya is known to produce 20 percent of the world’s black tea. This would logically mean that the farmers get great returns from their tea. However this has not been the case for many years. Farmers have been earning peanuts and have had a lot of delays to their payments. This has angered most farmers who recently started cutting down tea bushes. When asked they said that their tea was a waste of time since it was not giving then expected yields. He stated that the following solutions and policies will be implemented to ensure that tea farmers get better yields.
1.) There will be a pricing policy for all small scale rate farmers. These are the farmers who produce tea no matter whether it is 1 kg or 100 kg of tea capacity.
2.) The Kenya tea board will have to pay farmers 50 percent of their proceeds on a monthly basis and the rest 50 percent as their annual bonus.
3.) Value addition will be implemented to increase the revenue gotten from tea.
4.) The relevant authorities have been ordered to gazette the 2019 New Tea Regulations in the coming two weeks
5.) Middlemen who siphon farmer’s money will be eliminated. He stated that middlemen men take 51 shillings per kilogram from farmers for tea sold at 91 shillings a kilo leaving them with only 40 shillings. Direct sales versus Auction sales will be addressed. Only farmers who are registered as tea growers will sell to KTDA.