Tea Farmers Set To Get High Bonuses This Year
Gtea farmers will receive high bonuses by the end the year.
According to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua tea farmers will get a higher bonus from their harvest this year.
He said that the high bonus for this year will just be the beginning and that farmers will keep reaping bonuses from their produce.
“Tea farmers will be paid one of the highest bonus in recent years”, Gachagua said.
The high payment is as a result of the stakeholder engagement in the bid to reform the sector. He added that the comprehensive reforms the government is rolling out in the Tea sub-sector will bear fruits for farmers from now on.
DP Gachagua met the farmers on Wednesday together with Kenya Tea Development Agency directors at his official Karen Residence.
He said lauded the directors for remaining focused, determined, and open to engagement in order to improve farmers’ welfare.
The DP said Tea Subsector stakeholders’ Conference he chaired in Kericho in July this year has created a positive impact on the tea farming sector.
According to Gachagua the July conference provided a much-needed platform to listen to the concerns of farmers and agree on the best interventions to improve their earnings.
He added that the government will not relent until the smallholder farmers get their rightful pay that’s commensurate with the hard work they put into their farms.
He further said that farmers will earn more in the future following fully rolls out the reforms in the sector.
KTDA is expected to declare the second and final payout commonly referred to as a bonus for green leaves delivered to its tea factories.
In the new development, farmers are set to earn up to Sh55 per kilo with low performers getting Sh30 per kilo of the total green leaves delivered until June this year. This is an increase from the previous earnings.