Kisii tea farmers boycott delivery over bonus row

By KBC Reporter

Tea farmers in Kisii County are an angry lot.

Barely a day after the Kenya Tea Development Agency announced a record 84 billion shillings in revenue and 44 billion shillings in bonus payments for small scale tea farmers across the country, small scale tea farmers in Kisii County are up in arms over what they term us low and unfair bonus being paid out to them by the Kiamokoma Tea Factory.

The farmers are accusing KTDA of denying them their rightful earnings were they claim they deserve 35 shillings a kilo instead of the 25 shillings they are being paid compared to their counterparts in Mount Kenya region who are getting over 40 shillings per kilo.

They now say  they will no longer deliver their tea to the factory until the matter has been resolved.

The farmers are now calling on the county government to appoint an investigating committee to look into the matter since agriculture is a devolved function.

According to the farmers, the low bonuses are as a result of a tiff between KTDA and the factory.

This is not the first time farmers from the region have complained over low bonuses

  

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