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Tea farmers assured for better bonuses.

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Agriculture Cs Peter Munya addressing Tea farmers about new reforms on Friday at Kisii [ photo Courtesy ]

By Brighton Makori.

Kisii County Tea farmers has been assured of better Tea bonuses next year as Western Kenya will improve by 41%, a trend that has been dwindling over the recent years.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Peter Munya speaking at Itumbe on Sunday says that tea farmers across the country are staring at one of the lowest bonuses to have ever been paid over the years.

In what comes as a boost to farmers, Munya decreed that through the tea reforms that were enacted by the national assembly the crop growers will now have a guaranteed minimum returns which began August this year.

The CS decried high production costs in tea factories that are managed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) consequently impacts on low returns to farmers.

He advised county governments to provide extension services to farmers so as to help produce good quality of tea thereupon capping production costs.

He cited Kiamokama and Ogembo Tea Factories as factories with high production costs with Sh 110 and Sh. 106 respectively.

Munya urged farmers to shun politicians with divisive politics and instead elect visionary leaders with the interests of farmers at heart.