Tea Bonus: Small-Scale Tea Growers Expect Huge Bonus

 Tea Bonus: Small-Scale Tea Growers Expect Huge Bonus

CS Peter Munya during the official launch of the Task Force Report on Sugar Prices Stabilization Framework. Image . AFA

Small-scale tea growers allied with the Kenya Tea Development Agency – KTDA are expecting the highest tea bonus this year, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has said.

This year’s bonus is projected to be the highest to be paid to tea farmers across the tea-growing counties since 2016.

The main bonus will be paid fully by July 8 in line with the tea reforms introduced in the Tea Act 2020, previously farmers received their bonus in October.

Munya also noted that monthly payments to farmers will be made by the first week of every month as opposed to the 3rd week.

The setting of the reserve price has enabled KTDA to enhance the initial green leaf monthly payments to the smallholder tea growers from sh 17 to between sh 20 and sh 21 per kilogram.

This year’s bonus is projected to be the highest to be paid to tea farmers across the tea-growing counties since 2016.

Munya also added that the price stabilization framework for the tea industry will prevent tea growers from price fluctuation that were making tea farming unsustainable.

In 2022-2023,the government has made a budgetary provision for the supply of subsidized fertilizer to tea farmers in order to lower cost of production

To further reduce the cost of production,the ministry through the Tea Board of Kenya has put across guidelines on the use of mechanical tea harvesting so as to save on labour costs.

According to the Cs,KTDA is currently engaging tea brokers so as to reduce brokage and management.

agency fees ,which are projected to save tea farmers over sh1billion annually this will result in more earnings for tea growers.

KTDA is also restructuring its operation, to reduce costs and wastage to the farmers as a way of reducing management agency fees.

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