Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has faulted a Senate committee for rejecting the proposed tea regulations.
Munya said it was unfortunate the committee refused to approve the regulations that were subjected to public participation after farmers and other stakeholders gave them a clean bill of health.
In a report tabled in Parliament, the Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation and the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries resolved not to approve the Crops (Tea Industry) Regulations, 2020, and recommended that the Senate annuls the regulations in their entirety.
The CS, however, said the regulations were meant to reform the tea industry and make it profitable by weeding out cartels and middlemen in the value chain, as well as ensuring value addition before tea is exported.
“If we want to turn around our economy, we must change our model of production by providing value addition to our products, Munya said”
He called on senators to pass the Bill when it is brought to the House next Tuesday.
He was speaking at Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology in Nyeri County during the launch of coffee flavoured yoghurt, which is a joint venture between the university and local milk processor, Wakulima Dairy Ltd.
“The regulations are aimed at helping farmers to put more money into their pockets after many years of poor pay and prolonged exploitation,” he said.