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Nandi tea growers incur losses as bumper crop exceeds factory capacity

The price of tea dropped by a marginal Sh5 per kilo. file photo | nmg
Multinational and small-scale tea farmers in Nandi County have incurred losses running into millions of shillings due to a surplus crop that has affected the processing capacity of most factories. file photo | nmg 

Multinational and small-scale tea farmers in Nandi County have incurred losses running into millions of shillings due to a surplus crop that has affected the processing capacity of most factories.

Majority of the factories are receiving double their processing volume resulting in the crop going to waste.

“We are receiving an average of 400,000 kilogrammes against processing capability of 270,000 kilogrammes, resulting in more than 30 per cent of the crop going to waste,” said Wilson Tuwei, chairman of a tea farmers' group at Siret Tea Company.

The increase in crop production has been attributed to the recent heavy rains in the region.

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