Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
By Today Financial News Reporter
Small scale tea farmers in Kenya earned Sh40.5 billion from tea exports in the crop year ending June. This compares to Sh38.2 billion earned last year.
The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) the agency that handles tea on behalf of over 560,000small scale tea farmers spread across the country attributes the improved earnings to low supply of tea in the global market and the free-falling shilling that has left exporters mainly to Europe laughing all the way to the bank.
By Ben Kinyanjui
Coffee production is expected to decline marginally following an outbreak of thrips, a pest that can cause great damage to coffee trees.
Emergence of the thrips which agriculturalists says if not tamed can lead to complete damage of the tree has sent shockwaves to majority of coffee farmers across the country especially in the Mount Kenya region that produces bulk of the coffee.
Coffee Research Foundation (CRF) has now put farmers on high alert as the pest infestation is likely to worsen when the cold season is over.
CRF Director Dr Joseph Kimemia warns that coffee leaf rust infestation is likely to increase in areas where rains have stopped.