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Kenya to export more tea to China and Asia

30 April 2013, 12:03 Wangui Joseph

Kenya will soon open China and Asian countries as her major tea markets, Kenya Tea Development Association (KTDA) national chairman Peter Kanyago said on Saturday.

Kanyago said China populace of 1.2 Billion can be a big market for the product which many farmers in the Kenyan highlands have ventured into.

Addressing Nyeri County tea factory directors at Outspan Hotel, Kanyago assured consumers that the product will still maintain its quality despite the upsurging foreign demand.

However, the chairman said the cost of production is high which is influenced by cost of inputs such as fertilizer and labor.

He said the board will initiate a project of using machines and scissors in plucking tea which according to him will increase production per person and increase profit.

“Introduction of machines is aimed at doubling production since we are anticipating big markets. We are not outdoing workers. It is becoming expensive to pluck tea manually as a kilogram currently demands KES 8 in Nyeri while in Kericho it is KES 6,” he said.

Kanyago pointed out that KTDA is the leading foreign earner, contributing about 2.5 per cent in the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The chairman however urged County Governments to maintain tea zones roads which have for long been maintained by farmers at their own cost.

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