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KTDA to safeguard tea growers

18 October 2013, 11:32

Nairobi - In a bid to safeguard Kenyans against exploitation by private investors, Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) is set to establish a section that will entirely deal with processing purple tea.

Addressing farmers at Kithundire's tea buying centre in Central region where 150 new farmers graduated in integrated crop husbandry, head of sustainable agriculture and farmers coordinator,Jared Kebaya, said the country needed an advanced machinery to process purple tea for increased revenue.

“KTDA had ordered special machinery that will be used entirely for processing purple tea.

“KTDA anticipates more farmers to will start cultivating the crop since it earns them more income compared to other types," Kebaya said.

He said there has been a huge disparity in tea prices with the purple brand selling at KES 650 per kilogram due to its medicinal value while black tea traded at KES 400 for the same quantity.

The KTDA and The Tea Board of Kenya are tasked with the mandate of searching for tea markets for farmers, which left Samuel Ireri, a member of the board with concern over the ongoing political unrest in Egypt that threatens to affect the quantity of exported tea to the country.

Ireri noted that Kenya exports over 200, 000 kilograms of tea to the country and that the ongoing political quagmire would grossly affect the business. 

- CAJ News


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