May 16, 2022

Agriculture CS Munya ask Tea Factories To Reduce Cost Of Production to save farmers

CS Agriculture Peter Munya

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Agriculture CS Peter Munya wants tea factories to reduce costs of production to maximize returns.
Munya said that good earnings for tea factories will also improve farmers returns.
“Majority of the tea factories are incurring huge costs in the production of a kilogram of tea, hence eating into the farmers’ earnings,” Munya said.
Munya was speaking when he was touring Kiegoi and Muchimukuru Tea Factories in Igembe South and Tigania East respectively in Meru County.
“The Ministry of Agriculture is working day and night to ensure we implement the tea reforms that will change the tea sector for the better,” Munya said.
Munya said the changes will not be of many benefits to individual farmers if their factories will not reduce the cost of production.
The changes include the revitalisation of the Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) that will look into the issues of tea farming as well as revitalised the Tea Research department, which was earlier swallowed by the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Authority (KALRO).
“We want the department to have a budget that will ensure they work separately to come up with solutions that will be of much benefit to our farmers all over the country,” Munya said.
The CS added that the government has already announced measures it is putting in place to save tea farmers from burdensome taxes.
He said some of these include plans to begin hauling tea to Mombasa using the standard gauge railway, which was at advanced stages.
He also ordered the scraping off of health insurance scheme deductions, which farmers had been lamenting about.
Munya said he had received a flurry of complaints that farmers were not benefiting from the scheme.

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