Plans are underway to put up a shs. 600m tea factory that would eliminate current congestion at the existing Nyamira county tea factories.
Construction of a new factory at Matunwa in Kitutu Masaba sub county was launched to eliminate tea hawking, a practice that has continued to impoverish farmers in the sub sector.
Speaking on Wednesday during the breaking ground ceremony, farmers’ leader, Victo Swanya challenged the region’s KTDA directors to ensure the project did not stall.
He said farmers in the region would no longer be forced to keep vigil at the factories to ensure their produce was delivered to KTDA amid lack of adequate transportation and facilities at buying centers.
Matunwa tea factory, the seventh in the county, would be built using area farmers’ contributions raised over several years, and grants from the two levels of government.
Swanya urged Nyamira county government to allocate shs.20m to kick off the project.
He cited a similar project, Sombogo tea factory in Kitutu Chache North, where Kisii county government allocated shs.30m.
Swanya, who unsuccessfully vied for the 2013 local Parliamentary seat, commended the local farmers for their commitment to pool resources, including donation of land for the factory’s establishment.
A World Bank consultant, Charles Mochama suggested that farmers be allowed to benefit from the tenders during implementation of the project.
By Jane Naitore