Kenya’s Agriculture CS, Mithika Linturi, has announced plans to increase the earnings of tea farmers and exporters by exporting Kenyan tea with added value.
The country is among the highest producers of quality tea worldwide, but their export earnings are not as high as other countries like Sri Lanka and China who export their tea with added value.
Linturi outlined plans to establish Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Mombasa to increase exports with added value, and promised to provide fertilizer subsidies to cushion farmers against the increasing cost of production.
While attending the Pakistan Tea Association annual gala event in Karachi, Pakistan, CS Mithika Linturi delivered a speech.
He also praised Pakistan for being Kenya’s leading tea export market, but highlighted challenges in the trade due to the lack of value addition to their tea.