The Star (Nairobi)

4 September 2014

Kenya: Stop Inciting Tea Farmers, Warns KTDA

THE Kenya Tea Development Authority has blamed "external forces" for inciting farmers to boycott tea picking over low prices and annual bonus.

Samuel Ireri, a director of the board in Zone 6 said some of those agitating for boycott are not genuine tea farmers.

He said tea prices have been affected at the international market due to over production of the leaves by other producers in the world like China due to weather change.

Ireri urged tea farmers not ignore the boycott calls saying it will cost them at the market.

"KTDA was doing all it can to support the farmers as prices are expected to stabilise soon," he said.

Ireri said plans were underway to improve the prices for farmers to reap big from their produce. He said three factories including Kathagariri, Mungania and Rukuriri have announced new prices due to market forces.

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