Tea farmers now want KTDA management overhauled

A woman plucks tea at a farm in Kenya. PHOTO. COURTESY.
Tea farmers from the Rift Valley now want the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) to sack its directors whom they say are responsible for the low payment of bonus.

The farmers have urged the tea agency to hold elections and vote out the directors saying they are incompetent and have failed to aggressively market tea products to earn high prices.

“KTDA requires an urgent overhaul Competent managers who can market our tea in the competitive global market should take over,” said one farmer told the press.

The farmers have further demanded an investigation into alleged financial misconduct.

Most tea factories in the county paid Sh14 a kilo this season compared with Sh26 last year.

KTDA managers linked the fall in bonus pay to a drop in global prices by about Sh22 a kilo due to surplus production.