11 July 2014

Kenya: Tea Farmers Want KTDA Disbanded

SMALL-SCALE tea farmers and leaders in Bomet county have called for the disbandment of the Kenya Tea Development Agency.

Led by Richard Chumo, a farmer, the group accused KTDA for lacking the capacity to market their produce.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Chumo said a recent report on tea sales at the Mombasa auction, showed the agency has failed in its mandate.

"We have suffered enough at the hands of KTDA and enough is enough. Our faith has run out, we did not receive our interim bonus this year and if they continue the same, we might not even get it," he said.

Chumo said KTDA is to blame for the low tea prices in the market.

"The government should not sit back and watch as prices are fixed at soaring rates, which do not favour farmers," he said.

Ndarawetta MCA Josphat Kirui said the situation might worsen, if the government does not intervene.

He asked Parliament to pass laws to cushion tea farmers from exploitation.

He said it was high time the MPs form legislation to liberate the tea sector from the few crooked individuals who have claimed ownership.

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