Tea traders want government to review law on mandatory tea auction in Mombasa

Members of African Tea Trade Association and Fairtrade Africa during a forum in Mombasa./Kibamba Victor

Tea Traders now want the government to review law that makes it mandatory to auction tea in Mombasa before exporting.

Speaking during a forum in Mombasa to discuss the trading of sustainable teas from East and Central Africa, East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA) and Fairtrade Africa asked the government to reverse the law that makes it mandatory for all tea to pass through the Mombasa auction market before reaching the buyers.

The traders want the government to allow sellers to sell directly to the buyers saying the law has restricted the product from reaching the buyers in time.

According to Fairtrade Africa Senior Tea Program Officer Bernard Njoroge, more than six million kilograms of tea have not been sold because of that law.

“Farmers have not yet sold in fair trade and the income of the premium has decreased,” said Njoroge.

However, Njoroge thanked the government for reducing the price of fertilizers saying that some tea farmers have already received the Fertilizers and they are using it in their various farms.