By Jeremiah Ogola
NAIROBI, The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has appealed to the government to give tea farmers a fertilizer subsidy to boost their production as was the case last year.
KTDA National Chairman Peter Kanyago said Thursday that the 600 million shillings (about 5.86 million US dollars) fertilizer subsidy went a long way in boosting small-scale farmers’ revenue as well as drive increased tea production.
His sentiments are anchored on a promise by the government to extend the fertilizer subsidy from maize to other cash crops such as coffee and tea, news which was was well received by tea farmers.
Kanyago said that missing the 600 million shillings fertilizer subsidy would be a big blow to more than 260,000 small-scale tea farmers across the country.
Last year, the KTDA imported 1.3 million bags of fertilizer between July and August. Based on the trend of global price of tea, farmers are likely to get better returns this year compared with what they received last year, he added.