The Star (Nairobi)

16 January 2014

Kenya: South Sudan War Affects Tea Markets

THE war in South Sudan and crises in countries like Egypt, Iran and Pakistan have affected the Kenyan tea markets. Kenya Tea Development Agency chairman Peter Kanyago on Tuesday said tea farmers will incur huge losses if the crises are not resolved.

He said some of the countries jolted by conflicts are the major importers of Kenyan tea. Speaking in Tetu during Gathuthi Tea Factory annual general meeting, Kanyago said tea farmers should benefit from subsidised fertiliser and other inputs just like maize and coffee farmers.

"The government only favours maize farmers with inputs while forgetting the tea sector, which is among the major foreign exchange earners in the country," he said.

Kanyago said he visited Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei over the issue but the latter declined to buy the idea.

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