Given that Kenya consumes only five percent of the tea it produces, and exports the rest, West Pokot County is one of those producing county that is always training farmers on the tropical areas to engage so much on the tea farming.
Governor Prof. John Krop Lonyangapuo led residents, county officials and other stakeholders in marking County Tea Field Day in Paraywa, Siyoi Ward. The Field Day was organized by the county directorate of Cash Crops which aimed at building capacity of farmers on best practices in Tea farming.
The governor promised to distribute tea seedlings to county residence and requested them to seek expert knowledge whenever they are doing their farming for best tea production in the county.
Agriculture team from the county requested residents to start tea farming and there was free seedling from the county and ready market courtesy of Kapsara Factory Team. They also encouraged tea farmers to continue farming, as agricultural extension officers were ready to offer them assistance. The officers were also pleased with the best Quality of tea produced in Deboras farm and the residents.
A team from Kapsara Tea led by chairman John Waweru, held demonstrations in one of the farms on how to reap big from the tea. The demonstrations were on how a tea plant should be pruned and maintained to give the best quality in the market. Many farmers volunteered their land and assured the members who attended to grow tea in large numbers.
Renson Longit; area MCA requested the residents to start doing tea farming in order to diversify their source of income. He also promised to support the farmers who will be in need in the agricultural sector.
In attendance were the MCAs Johnstone Lokato and Rionongole Palor, area chief and assistant chief, a team from Trans county Sacco and Green Pesa Sacco insurance.