The farmer must have more in their pocket- DP Gachagua during the Tea summit Kenya.
Speaking during the tea Summit 2023, with a theme “ Mkulima Kwanza”, the second in command highlighted that their main focus is the benefit that the tea farmer gets.
He highlighted the Brand that the Kenyan Tea is, must be protected for the greater good of the small-holder farmer.
He stated,”We want the tea farmer to look as beautiful as the cute scenery of cashcrop bushes.We must get a solution.The farmer must have more in their pocket in this last conversation of tea.”
The deputy president further outlined the importance of black tea, that has made kenya the number one global supplier.
He stated,”The Agriculture Sector contributes 22% to our National Gross Domestic Product, with the Tea Subsector accounting for 2%. With over 650,000 growers spread in 18 counties, Kenya is a leading global producer and exporter of various types of tea, with Black Tea accounting for at least 95% of the sold crop.”
Notably, The deputy president took a walk within the hilly, beautiful tea plantations in Kericho which he described as worth every minute and highly refreshing to the mind.
The DP expressed,”The high-level consultations at the Tea Subsector Reforms Summit in Kericho require strong mental stamina for clarity of thought in delivering on the assignment.”
“The thousands of acres of tea bushes forming a captivating green canopy is a perfect reminder of the challenge that lies ahead of us in streamlining the Tea Subsector to put more money into the pocket of the smallholder farmer. We are determined to get it right through farmer-centred lasting structural reforms in law, policy and regulations in the Tea Sub sector,” he added.
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