Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all Manasseh's badges.

Government urged to strengthen Tea Board

17 November 2014, 14:39 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - KTDA board chairman, Peter Kanyago has urged the government to strengthen and restructure Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) in order to ensure it carries out its mandate properly for the interest of tea farmers.

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) chairman said the Tea Board, if restructured, should also represent all stakeholders including small scale farmers.

Speaking at Iria-ini Tea Factory in Othaya, Kanyago said KTDA was recognised internationally due to its good work of ensuring farmers get their payments on time.

He spoke just a day after returning from an international tea conference in Indonesia.

Read Also: Nandi tea farmers threaten to uproot

“When we were in the conference, we realised that tea boards in other countries are very much recognised unlike in Kenya. We need the Tea Board of Kenya to be strengthened enough and be given more mandates for the interest of farmers,” he stated.

He further called upon the government to safeguard the five water towers in the country, mostly Mau Forest, noting that if this is not done, some parts of Rift Valley will lack tea in the next two decades.

“Mau forest must be restored as it will impact a lot on tea farming in parts of West Rift Valley region in the next 20 years,” he added.

The chairman said KTDA has embarked on tree planting programme where all tea factories are planting more than one million trees annually to curb climate change.

He reiterated that the agency will from next year start manufacturing orthodox and purple tea in order to expand market since many countries started producing green tea.

He also mentioned that the government and the agency will establish a stabilization fund to cushion low tea prices for the sake of farmers.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- MyNews24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
China to help Kenya fight high le...

China observed that if left unchecked, corruption could see the country degenerate into lawlessness. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Signs that he is seeing someone e...

When a man wants to be with you, he will always create time to be with you. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Spat between DP Ruto and Boniface...

A close associate of the DP, Hon Njogu Barua made an alarming comment on live TV Tuesday morning. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Matatu driver who drugged, robbed...

The driver of a Nissan matatu who over the weekend drugged and robbed a female passenger in Nairobi has been charged. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Heavy police contingent deployed ...

More police officers were on Monday deployed at Likoni in Mombasa County in a security operation to nab members of the ‘Wakali Kwanza’ and ‘Mtalia’ criminal gangs who have been terrorizing locals in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Man released on Presidential amne...

He was caught taking money from a church offering bag at Ol Jabet Independent Pentecostal Church in Laikipia West on October 23. Read more...