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KTDA operations director Alfred Njagi said that, should the provisions not be followed, the tea industry would follow in the steps of other poorly regulated sectors in the country.Section 19 of the Crops Act 2013 stipulates that a factory shall not buy green leaf from any person other than the grower appearing in its register, while Section 14 of the same Act bars farmers from selling their tea to any party other than the factory they are registered in.
KTDA officials were frequently shouted down by some farmers who wanted a committee selected from their six electoral areas to oversee construction of the factory.
IFC syndicated a loan for KTDA, and the carbon revenues from Ci-Dev helped increase the project's debt service coverage ratio and improved the bankability of the project.
KTDA monitors 560,000 tea smallholder families, who operate 67 tea factories with a factory staff of over 12,000 and provides indirect employment to over four million people.
The storm raging in Kenya's tea industry started in May when the Tea Board of Kenya (TBK), a state-owned parastatal that regulates the country's tea sector, slammed the KTDA in its Kenya Tea Industry Status 2014 report.
A KTDA factory in Chinga, where Margret lives, is the first to pilot the training programme.
Says John Machagua, product engineer for Avery Weigh-Tronix in Africa: "KTDA is keen to improve its process efficiency, particularly at a time when the tea harvests are lower than normal.
The promotion of direct, long-term and ethical exchange relations between cooperatives such as KTDA and northern buyers is a fundamental principle of Fairtrade.
ODM leader Raila Odinga wants an audit of KTDA. He has called on Parliament to enact legislation to end KTDA's monopoly of the sector and help farmers who are uprooting bushes.
They are employees of Trackman Security Services Company and had been hired by a faction led by Mr Chege Kirundi, who claims he is the bona fide chairman of the troubled tea factory.The guards had gone to "take over" from others from Cobra Security Company after the Kirundi-led faction claimed the factory's contract with Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) had expired and had not been renewed.
Managing director and CEO of the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) since 2004, he is the first African to have been invited to take on this prestigious appointment.
Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has attributed the drop to the prolonged drought that has affected various tea-producing areas in the country, with the worst-hit counties being Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Embu.
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