Tea factory closed in fight to break from parent company
SEE ALSO :No party for tea farmers in bonus payoutAll tea factories are owned by farmers through shareholding. Toror was set up ease pressure on Tegat as the number of farmers increased. But in a new twist, Toror farmers decided to cut links with Tegat. They want to make Toror a private limited teafactory. However, Tegat farmers own a portion of Toror on account that their money was used to establish the new factory. That is why KTDA is supporting Tegat's decision not to give in to Toror's demands for independence. A reluctance by Toror farmers to pay their Tegat counterparts the value of shares they own in the new factory as one way of attaining their independence has complicated matters. The unhappy Toror farmers have resorted to delivering their green leaf to private tea companies.
SEE ALSO :20 schools on Knec cheating watch listSeven MCAs expressed their support for Toror when they joined the farmers in demonstrations Thursday. The MCAs - Paul Chirchir (Kapsoit), Bernard Mutai (Kipchimchim), Erick Koskei (Kapsaos), Cheruiyot Bett (Ainamoi), Collins Beigon (Kipchebor), Evans Ngeno (Cheborge) and Erick Bett (Kipchebor) claimed small-holder farmers were being taken advantage of. "Eastern Rift region is not well represented on the KTDA board. Their separation from Tegat as well as the Kapset tea factory will mean more representation in KTDA," said Mr Chirchir. Mr Mutai said they would seek disbandment of KTDA if the agency failed to give in to the farmers' demands. "After all, agriculture is a devolved function meaning management of the tea sector should be put under the county government," said Mutai.
SEE ALSO :Sossion, TSC strike sweetheart dealMr Bett accused KTDA of overlooking the region in employment and other opportunities yet it produced close to 70 per cent of all the tea in Kenya. But KTDA said Toror and Rorok were subsidiaries fully owned by their parent companies. “In this case Tegat and Kapset tea companies respectively own these subsidiaries. They belong to all the shareholders of the parent factory. It is not possible to separate the satellite factories from parent factory,” read a post on the KTDA Facebook page. The agency said those willing to acquire satellite factories must first pay off shareholders in the parent factory. [email protected]