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Tea farmers to benefit from new breed

08 April 2014, 15:43

Nairobi - Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) has introduced orthodox breeds to selected tea-growing parts of the country in a bid fetch better prices for farmers.

The introduction of orthodox tea follows the fall of price of Kenyan tea at the auction floors and last year’s increased yields which are projected to fetch lower bonuses for farmers this year.

Peter Kanyago, KTDA Chairman said that the authority had already commissioned two factories.

“We have already commissioned two factories in the country,” said Kanyago.

He added that the two factories were already putting up machinery ready for processing.

Kanyago said that the orthodox teas were manufactured differently hence the need for different factories.

He added that the orthodox teas would ultimately be introduced to all tea processing zones.

Kanyago said that such varieties were popular in Russia, France, Germany and Iran.

It is expected that the growing of orthodox teas will change tea farmers’ fortunes which have been dwindling of late.

Increased production attributed to good weather last year has spilled over to the current financial year and hence the excess tea in the global market which is causing a drop in tea prices.

KTDA said that farmers of the cash crop were likely to receive between KES 10 and KES 18 per kilogramme in bonuses this year.

This is a reduction from the KES 31,65 per kilogrammes the farmers got last year.

 – CAJ News

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