Tea farmers in Nandi County protest over low pay.

Hundreds of farmers have protested over alleged low pricing of their leaf produce.

Last week, the angry small scale farmers stormed Kipchabo Tea Factory threatening to raze down the facility unless the management promises them higher pay.

The protest turned chaotic as angry farmers barricaded the roads leading to the factory.

On Monday, Governor Stephen Sang, Woman Representative Dr Tecla Tum and several ward representatives later met with the factory management in a bid to seek a solution to the impasse.

The meeting did not yield a promising solution to the farmers who continued demanding higher pay.

Factory Managing Director Peter Korir promised an increase of Sh1.50 per kilogram of tea leaves supplied but the farmers dismissed the changes as too little.

Korir pleaded with farmers to give them time to review tea prices.

“The factory management has been hiding under the Covid-19 pandemic to underpay us but we shall not accept the current price,” said Timon Mutai, a farmer.

Governor Sang and Dr Tum accused the management of exploiting farmers.
“The factory should treat the farmers well and explain on details the dynamics in the market,” said Sang.

The governor demands for change in factory management including the removal of regional manager Pius Kipkirui whom he accused of playing a role in mistreating farmers.

The leaders also calls on the national government to investigate the exploitation of tea farmers in the country by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

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