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FARMERS EMPOWERED TO TACKLE COVID19.

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Tea Farmer plucking Tea at Irondi Village Nyaribari Chache, Photo Brighton Makori /Gusii star

By Osinde Leighton.

Tea farmers in the larger Gusii region have been empowered to tackle covid19 contagion and  its effects through an initiative between KTDA and an organization of the  Netherlands.

Over 180 farmers will benefit from the  100,000 Euros  sponsorship from the FMO  of the  Netherlands.

The response to covid19 effects on farmers  by the  partners comes  at a time the tea agency was mulling over  reforms slapped by the government  on the sub sector which are likely to affect its operations. Speaking at Nyansiongo tea factory, during the launch, Greenland Fedha Limited,a KTDA subsidiary,general manager, Anne Gathuku, explained the grant will be utilized in the procurement of  protective gears against  covid19.

The money will also be given out to identified farmers to start production of standardized face masks,sanitizers and hand-washing stations for sale to KTDA which will in turn distribute to the farmers. Utilization of the grant on the project will closely be  monitored by the KTDA for effectiveness and achievement of the set objectives.

According to the manager,the initiative was mooted out of  realization that owing to the work tea farmers  engaged in  they were more  exposed to the pandemic.

At the occasion,50 hand washing stations and 3,000 face masks were handed over for distribution to several tea buying centres for access by the farmers. Gathuku urged the farmers to continue adhering to ministry of health protocols even as they were being served at the tea buying centres.

Beneficiaries of the grant  Charles Mosota and Mary Nyaboke lauded the initiative and appealed for increased funds owing to the large number of farmers.