Tea farmers with less than eight hectares under cultivation will be allowed to grow and process new varieties rather than sell raw leaf.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority is set to release new guidelines that will accommodate the changes to govern the sector.
Samuel Ogola, technical services manager at Agriculture, Fisheries and Food said,
We intend to unveil new guidelines for manufacturing specialty teas before the end of the second quarter. This will help increase the availability of planting material and manufacturing facilities, which are required to enable farmers embrace the new tea varieties
Kenya is seeking to diversify from black tea that accounts for 95 per cent of its overall production to raise the beverage’s revenue. Read more. Source | Business Daily