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Tea factories to start making biscuits & juices

23 July 2013, 13:16 Joseph Mukubwa

All the five tea factories in Nyeri County will soon start manufacturing tea biscuits and tea fruit juices.

It will be a bright future for tea farmers from the County as this is part of the value addition as recommended by the task force which handed its report to Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua on Monday.

The chairman of the task force on tea value addition Magu Ngumo also recommended that tea alcoholic beverages, yoghurts, breakfast cereals, flavourings like spices and tea extracts like catechins be manufactured as part of the value addition.

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The tea factories will include Ragati, Chinga, Gathuthi, Iria-ini and Gitugi.

The task force noted that tea farmers from the area have been earning only two per cent on tea value addition and now targets 25 per cent in the next five years.

The long term goal should be aimed at 50 per cent tea value addition by the year 2030.

According to the report, value addition has the following benefits:

  • Increased income
  • Job creation
  • Creation of cottage industries
  • Diversification of products
  • Knowledge and technology developments.

Other benefits include better market prices, promotion of authentic Kenya tea brands, high tax revenues, support to the development of local industries and stimulation of national development among others.

The task force wants a ‘one stop’ trade promotion centre established to deal with all matters of promotions, licensing and market surveys/ intelligence in agricultural value added products including tea.

“The task force therefore recommends the establishment of a tea development and value addition revolving fund to provide soft credit for value addition in the county,” added the chairman.

He further noted that there should be an autonomous tea value addition company, jointly owned through shares by the tea factory companies and other investors within the county.

“The national and county governments need to create the necessary legislative and fiscal framework with clearly defined policies on the value addition on agricultural products including tea,” he added.

Farmers were also encouraged to plant exotic trees as commercial farming activity since factories are using a lot of wood fuel when processing tea.

The Governor said the report will first be tabled before the cabinet executives before being tabled in the assembly for adoption, approval and possible legislation.

Gachagua also promised to meet with the Agriculture cabinet secretary so as to have the report harmonized.

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