KTDA Releases Ksh. 3 Billion as December Payment for Farmers

By Korir Isaac / Published January 7, 2022 | 12:59 pm




KEY POINTS

The 3-billion payment reflects 137.3 million kilos of green leaf delivered to KTDA-managed factories in December 2021; up from the 2.58 billion shillings that were paid last month for November 2021 deliveries.


Tea Farmers Indigenous tea picker picking tea.

KEY TAKEAWAYS


  • The board introduced an increase in monthly payments to 20 shillings per kilo for growers in regions five, six, and seven.
  • Regions one to four will receive 21 shillings per kilo
  • KTDA also successfully lobbied for a Ksh.1 billion fertilizer subsidy from the State; and a reduction of interest rates charged by its microfinance institution to boost affordable credit access and reduce the burden of the loans for tea farmers.

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has disbursed 3 billion shillings as payment to its smallholder tea farmers for the December 2021 green leaf deliveries to their respective factories.

Farmers have already started receiving the payments – based on respective banks’ processes and timelines.

The payment follows KTDA’s decision last month to change the payment cycle for its farmers to the first week of the following month, from the third week, translating to faster access of payment by the farmers.

The 3-billion payment reflects 137.3 million kilos of green leaf delivered to KTDA-managed factories in December 2021; up from the 2.58 billion shillings that were paid last month for November 2021 deliveries.

“In line with the payment schedule change we introduced last month, farmers can expect to be receiving their monthly pay promptly within the first week of the following month, in line with the reforms that we have put in place,” KTDA Holdings CEO, Wilson Muthaura.

The previous payment cycle denied farmers financial empowerment to meet their end-of-month financial obligations such as salaries, rent, payment for supplies, among others.

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Consequently, the delay in payments saw cash-strapped farmers sometimes resorting to leaf hawking to unlock earlier access to money.

The change in payment cycle is part of reforms being instituted by the new KTDA Holdings Board which also includes the introduction of the reserve price for teas from KTDA-managed factories of USD2.43 per kilo of made tea in July last year.

Since then, the prices of KTDA teas at the auction have rallied from USD1.9 – before the introduction of the reserve price – to an average of USD 2.92 at the last auction.

Other changes introduced by the board include an increase in monthly payments to 20 shillings per kilo for growers in regions five, six, and seven, and 21 shillings for regions one to four; the successful lobbying for a Ksh1 billion fertilizer subsidy from the State; and a reduction of interest rates charged by Greenland Fedha (KTDA’s microfinance institution) to 8% per annum to boost affordable credit access and reduce the burden of the loans for tea farmers.




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