MP urges farmers to raise tea output

MP urges farmers to raise tea output

Clement Kamau @PeopleDailyKe

A Kiambu legislator has advised tea farmers to sell their produce to recognised tea processing factories to increase their income.

Limuru MP John Kiragu said tea grown in Limuru and its environs has increased its demand in the international market and urged local farmers to upscale production.

He told farmers recent bilateral talks between Kenya and Slovakia were aimed at improving cash products such as tea and coffee where farmers will benefit.

Speaking in his office yesterday days after hosting Slovakian President Andrej Kiaska, who had toured Karirana Tea Estate in Limuru, Kiragu urged farmers to reconsider hawking of tea and instead sell it to local factories.

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He said by so doing, the sale will be favourable and farmers will benefit from quick money, cheap loans from factories, training on farming and other services so that the factories can sustain exports.

“Tea grown in Limuru is actually one of the best in the whole world,” said the MP. “The international community is approaching local factories, especially in Tigoni, Nazareth and Mabroukie areas, to see how they can be buying their products,” he added.

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Kiska, who was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, toured the country for two days and held talks on how to improve bilateral trade and relations. Ethiopian Prime Minister Heilemariam Desalegn also toured Karirana factory in June last year.

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