Cabinet tells off former KTDA directors as their attempts to take over are stopped by farmers countrywide

The Cabinet has told off former Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) warning them the new government will not turn back on the reforms made in the tea subsector.

In despatch issued after President William Ruto convened his first Cabinet meeting, the Cabinet said the reforms made in the tea industry would not be reversed.

The Cabinet re-affirmed that the new administration would not turn back on the reforms made by the previous administration aimed at strengthening the good governance in the sector.

“Nation’s apex policy making body also took note of attempts by former board members of KTDA to reverse the reforms that had been made in the tea sub sector – and the new leadership they heralded,” said the statement.

The Cabinet said the new government would not allow the former directors to derailed the reforms spearheaded by former Agriculture CS Peter Munya.

The move by the Cabinet now shuts the space that the former directors were hoping to exploit to go back following regime change.

KTDA had also protested that the actions by the former directors were illegal and would cause instability in the sector and reverse all the major gains made.

At the same time the Cabinet reviewed the scope of the subsidy programme so as to include a subsidy on fertilizer for tea farmers under the KTDA.

The Cabinet also approved a framework to facilitate fertilizer manufacturers who wish to set up blending companies in the country.

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