The government is negotiating with tea processing firms to have them raise farmers' pay, Agriculture secretary Felix Koskei has said.
Mr Koskei said he "had talked with bosses in key tea companies over poor prices paid to farmers."
Small-scale farmers from Sotik, Bomet and Konoin say prices offered by tea firms are too low.
"A farmer earns less than Sh30 per kg in a month, yet they pay pluckers a constant rate of Sh8 per kg, purchase fertiliser for about Sh6,000 for an acre piece of land every year, use Sh1,000 monthly for farm maintenance, and Sh2 cess deducted by the factory. They end up with very little for school fees and other family needs," said Konoin small-scale tea growers association chairman
Mr Koskei said the government is aware of the industry's challenges, and a taskforce report set to be released soon will help address them. Small-scale tea farmers said the report will help them bargain for better market terms.
The taskforce chairman
"The research hopes to ascertain what problems small-scale tea farmers go through in management of small firms, delivery of products to buying centres," said
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