Push for changes in tea sector to continue, says CS Munya

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has said the push for changes in the management and operations of the tea sector will continue despite opposition from some quarters. 

While appearing before the Committee on Delegated Legislation, CS Munya said the Tea Regulations which have since been stopped by labour court were in the best interest of farmers. 

The committee has directed that contentious clauses be amended through consultations with stakeholders.

The new Tea Regulations that were published last month seem to have run into headwinds after the labor court suspended their implementation until a case filed by KTDA workers is heard and determined. 

According to the workers who also presented their submission to the committee on delegated legislations, if implemented  the regulation will not only  reduce their  wages but also declare them redundant.

This as KTDA Holdings also appearing before the same committee faulted the laws saying they were a private entity and some proposal if implemented would see the agency breach contractual  agreements with the farmers and might cost them in the long run.

Tea factories representative on the other hand argued that the proposal to have all tea to be sold via the auction will distort the lucrative direct markets further disadvantaging farmers.

However  the Agencies efforts  to have parliament abolish the regulations in totality  bore no fruits as the majority of the legislatures sided with the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya who was adamant that the regulations are meant to weed out cartels from the key sector.

The committee urged CS Munya to consider making amendments through consultations with relevant stakeholders  to some clauses in the regulations.


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