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Tea farmers to receive Sh3b mini-bonus next month

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By Judith Gicobi

The board has affirmed that small-scale growers connected with the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) will get a Sh3 billion mini-bonus in the first week of April.

This year’s mini-bonus, which was the greatest in comparison to previous years, was supposed to be given early this month, but the company’s top management revealed yesterday that it didn’t happen due to varying dates established by the boards of the respective factories.

According to David Ichoho, head of the KTDA, the boards of directors of several tea manufacturers had made resolutions at previous meetings to pay the mini-bonus either in March or May.

“As the KTDA Holding board we had to reach out to all the factory boards in order to agree on the common date. Farmers should expect money in their accounts in their first week of April,” he stated.

The availability of cash to farmers in April, according to Ichoho, will assist farmers in paying school fees and other financial commitments. Ichoho said at a Nairobi hotel on the sidelines of the introduction of a review on the tea industry’s price stabilization mechanism.

Different factions within the organization have recently clashed, with some declaring new pricing while lawmakers urged that the rates not be less than Sh10 per kilogramme.

Mungani, Rukiri, and Kathangariri factories in Embu County, according to Ichoho, will pay the maximum rate of Sh10 per kilogramme.

 

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