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IN PICTURE: KTDA Field Service Coordinator Eddah Chebosir advises Joseph Chepkwony, a tea farmer from Bomet, on how to apply fertiliser. Through the FFS programme, KTDA supports farmers in Tea production and Management to improve their earnings. 

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) Chebut factory is set to take over management of 260 acres of mature tea owned by the county government after conclusion of ongoing negotiations.

Governor Stephen Sang and KTDA Chebut Factory chairman John Tega said the two parties were in the final stages of talks before signing an agreement to boost the crushing capacity of tea in the farmer-owned agency.

The new arrangements will see the Kapsabet-based factory boost its green leaf supply from the current daily average of 70,000 offpeak, thus reducing operational costs.

“The former county administration entered into an agreement with a local multinational company, which has been managing and processing our tea. We are in talks to change the management to KTDA Chebut, which is owned by small-scale tea farmers,” said Mr Sang.

He said the two KTDA factories in Chebut and Kaptumo were currently operating below their crushing capacities of between 48 per cent and 50 per cent because of lack of tea leaves.

The governor said an agreement was expected to be signed by mid-February after which the county government will inject green leaves from the 260 acres in Kaimosi to Chebut. 

Source: The Standard Newspaper 

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