Kenya to export more tea to Iran, Far East
14 January 2016, 14:42
Nyeri - Tea traders will export more of the commodity to Far East countries mostly Iran when trade sanctions are removed.
The Kenya Tea Development Agency chairman, Peter Kanyago said the sanctions placed on Iran over allegations of producing nuclear power have crippled business.
Kanyago said Iran was one of main exporters of Kenyan tea.
“KTDA will continue identifying markets in Far East. These regions will be good for Kenya. Sanctions prevented Kenyan traders from benefiting to the maximum,” said Kanyago.
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Speaking to journalists at Iriani Tea factory in Othaya, Kanyago announced that the sanctions imposed by international community will be lifted soon as they have affected transnational businesses.
The sanctions which were imposed three years ago led to decline of trade between Kenya and Iran.
Kenya was exporting more than 5 million kilograms of tea to the Arabic country.
Meanwhile, the KTDA chairman has said three tea factories in Kirinyaga, Kisii and Meru Counties have started producing orthodox tea.
“Orthodox tea is a huge investment and its price is higher,” said Kanyago.
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