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Break Marketing Cartels To Increase Local Coffee Income


The tea growers’ low revenues should spur them to work closely with counties and the State to cushion themselves against fluctuating prices.The problems facing tea farmers closely mirror those faced by coffee farmers that led to the near-collapse of the sub-sector. Their solutions are also related.For starters, county and the State should walk the talk of adding value to the two commodities before they are exported to other countries where they are used to blend inferior produce.Time is running out for the State to demonstrate its seriousness on this issue. Analysts opine that the pussyfooting has been caused by vested interests that have dominated the sub-sectors since the time local farmers were allowed to grow the crops just a few years before the country gained its independence in 1963.

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