Aspiring senator Kisii County Okeng'o Nyambane has urged elected tea directors to ensure tea farmers have been paid their dues photo/Kwamboka Angira
The new elected directors have been urged to ensure smallholder tea farmers are paid their dues as they should, since most of them have been at the brink of giving up due to meager returns earned back from their work.
Speaking with the press while congratulating elected directors , aspiring senator Okengo Nyambane said that farmers now should see a great difference since most farmers have been complaining that the directors were being compromised by KTDA to make decisions that do not favour farmers .
"It’s my hope and wish that you will reduce the factory’s expenditure to the famers in order to prioritize road maintenance, provision of bursaries to deserving students, provision of Sacco loans and inputs,"he stated.
He noted that tea farmers have been oppressed for a long period of time , citing that most of them languishing in poverty.
According to him low tea output has been attributed lack of diffusion of adequate production technologies and inefficient use of fertilizers which should also be highly considered.
Mr Okengo said that they are going to support the new elected directors to enhance monitoring and evaluation practices, project team dynamics and performance of smallholder tea farming projects in Kisii and Nyamira county.
He stated that low tea prices is a serious problem in tea production and improvement in tea grades would increase the prices.
Those who were elected in Kisii county are Enock Riendo (Bomachoge Borabu), Fred Mokua (Sengera ), James Ondabu (Bomachoge Chache),Peter Machuka (Bonchari), Enosh Anyona (South Mugirango) and Magret Caleb (Magena Zone).
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