Higher tea bonus for Kericho farmers

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Mar 10, 2017
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By Our Reporter

Saccos in Ker­icho have a recorded an in­crease in bonus pay­outs to tea farmers this year compared to last year.

Kenya Highlands Sacco paid farmers Sh2 billion in bo­nuses, an increase of 56 per cent from last year.

“The money should have an impact on the area. It will go a long way in helping farmers meet their development goals,” said Alice Kosgei, the Sacco CEO.

She noted that on average a member will receive Sh60,000. The Sacco has over 70,000 members with 75 per cent being tea farmers.

The Litein-based Patnas Sacco paid about Sh600 mil­lion to its more than 20,000 members ma­jority of whom are tea farmers.

“This is an in­crease from what we paid out last year,” said Nelson Rono, Patnas CEO.

However, most farmers in the region felt the bonuses were little to what other re­gions received.

“I don’t under­stand why we re­ceived little payment of bonuses compared to what farmers in parts of Central Ke­nya received. I was expecting more than what I got,” said John Korir, a farmer.

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