Kenya: Tea Farmers to Earn Sh5 More as KTDA Withdraws Mini Bonus

Tea farmers in Mt Kenya region will now receive Sh5 more for their produce as the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) moves to increase their pay.

Each farmer will receive Sh21 per kilogramme of green leaf delivered to their respective factories, up from Sh16 monthly starting this month.

This follows a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the agency to pay farmers not less than 50 per cent of their deliveries while the balance will be paid out during the final payment in October.

The move is part of the radical changes that have been proposed to rid the multibillion shilling industry of cartels that have stifled the sector by denying farmers their rightful share through underpayments.

“This is to inform you that as is usual from time to time, the Board has reviewed the initial green leaf payment rate from Sh16 to Sh21 per kilo of leaf with effect from January 2021,” read a memo to factories in the East of Rift.

No mini bonus

According to KTDA National Chairman Peter Kanyago, the increment in monthly pay also means that farmers will no longer enjoy the mini bonus that is given in March.

Farmers received Sh5 as mini bonus to cushion them against harsh economic times and to enable them afford basic needs.

“We have increased the pay by Sh5 to increase the monthly pay… this means they will no longer enjoy the mini bonus as the cash flow will not allow,” he said.