Following the move to increase the price of tea per kilo in the Eastern Tea production region as well as the Mount Kenya region, the situation has since sparked mixed reactions from tea farmers from the Western Region. Most farmers from the Western Regions that include Kericho, Bomet, Kisii, Vihiga and Nandi Counties have protested over what they termed as lack of fairness.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya directed Kenya Tea Development Agency(KTDA) to improve the prices of tea per kilogram from 16 shillings up to 21 shillings. Regions producing tea within the Mount Kenya region alongside Embu and Meru are set to benefit from this programme.
Deemed as the leading producer of tea in the country, Kericho Tea Farmers continue to receive between 16 to 18 shillings per kilogram of the green leaf. Tea Farmers Board from South Rift have demanded that their prices of tea be raised in order to ensure competitiveness in the market.
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