Official cautions on tea pay increase
SEE ALSO :Tea farmers oppose new factory site“Even the Sh3 is eaten up by deductions for top dressing fertiliser, chemicals, taxes and other expenses. In a way, the farmer only earns something that can help them during the mini-bonus and the bonus. It does not make sense to hike the monthly pay if it will reduce the bonus,” he said. Fixed pay Kanake said farmers can have a fixed monthly pay of Sh16 as proposed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA), a mini bonus of 50 per cent of the gross pay while the rest is paid out as the bonus after 12 months. Kanake also called for scrapping of Value Added Tax on tea, employment of agricultural extension officers and popularising of the beverage among youngsters to grow local market for tea and increase earnings for farmers. Last week, farmers from Mungania Tea Factory in Embu County welcomed KTDA’s proposal for an increase of green leaf delivered to factories to Sh16, but to be matched with increase in the mini-bonus from Sh5 to Sh10 and an even better bonus.
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