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Tea agency wants logging ban lifted as farmers' losses loom - 18 Mar 2018 19:31

Irene Mugo Barna ...

Tea farmers might lose Sh5 billion due to the ban on logging, with the Kenya Tea Development Agency asking the government to lift the order in its forests. KTDA chairman Peter Kanyago said farmers would lose in their net pay should the ban remain in force. Mr Kanyago criticised the order saying it would affect production in the industry that relies heavily on firewood to dry the leaf. “We would like to urge the government to lift the ban on our forests because we planted the trees and it is going to affect production of tea,” he said. NULLIFIED The KTDA boss added that the government should allow factories to receive firewood from local suppliers. Mr Kanyago was speaking after his victory in Zone IV Nyeri’s repeat election, conducted at Iriani tea factory on Saturday. He won by 28 votes against his sole opponent, the vice chairman of Gathuthi tea ...
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