Munya appoints task force to work on tea price stabilisation

The task force shall develop a robust price stabilization framework for the tea industry.

In Summary

•In a Gazette notice dated April 30, the CS appointed Daniel Amanja, Nancy Laibuni, Dennis Olia, Eliud Mathu Kamau, Wanja Y. Michuki, Patrick Ngunjiri, Catherine Nyamboke Mogeni, braham Muthogs, Kiplangat Josea, John Mwaka as members of the Taskforce.

•"Members shall evaluate available literature on establishment of successful commodity price stabilization frameworks in progressive and comparable jurisdictions," Munya said in the Gazette Notice.

Agriculture CS Peter Munya in Machakos
Agriculture CS Peter Munya in Machakos
Image: PHILOMENA KILONZO

Agriculture CS Peter Munya has appointed a task force to work on tea price stabilisation.

The task force will be known as the National Technical Working Committee on the Design, Development and Implementation of the Tea Industry Price Stabilization Framework.

In a Gazette notice dated April 30, the CS appointed Daniel Amanja, Nancy Laibuni, Dennis Olia, Eliud Mathu Kamau, Wanja Michuki, Patrick Ngunjiri, Catherine Nyamboke Mogeni, Abraham Muthogs, Kiplangat Josea, John Mwaka as members of the task force.

According to the Gazette notice, the task force will have to develop a robust tea industry price stabilization framework for the tea industry in Kenya. 

"Members shall evaluate available literature on establishment of successful commodity price stabilization frameworks in progressive and comparable jurisdictions," Munya said in the Gazette Notice.

This comes following extremely low, declining and volatile farm-gate prices for tea farmers.

Persistent high production and a global oversupply have pushed down the average tea prices for factories managed by Kenya Tea Development Agency to $2.22  (Sh236.47) in the nine months to March, a 12 per cent drop.

Munya noted that the low prices have significantly undermined ability of the tea sector to sustainably support quality livelihoods among tea farming communities.

"...leading to persistent agitations from farmers and their leaders for proactive Government intervention in the management of the tea value chain with a view to improving earnings," he said.

The average price dropped from $2.52 (Sh269.60) for a similar nine-month period in the previous financial year while tea production dropped by 8.6 per cent.

KTDA data shows that the factories processed 218.9 million kilos of tea during the period compared to 239.6 million kilos a year earlier.