Nandi, Bomet and Kericho to purchase land rates 100 situations for tea companies

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Thursday August 12 2021

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Workers at a tea estate in Kericho. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By TOM MATOKE

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  • Counties from the tea rising regions within the Rift Valley desire multinational tea companies to pay Sh10,000 land rates per acre, up from the most modern Sh100 they were paying since 1926.
  • The counties of Nandi, Bomet and Kericho are pushing to fill the companies pay extra, citing the altering economic situations and the profits made by the companies.
  • This may perhaps even situation the counties for yet one other standoff with the tea growers and county assemblies, which antagonistic the governors’ account for to lengthen the rates in 2019.

Counties from the tea rising regions within the Rift Valley desire multinational tea companies to pay Sh10,000 land rates per acre, up from the most modern Sh100 they were paying since 1926.

The counties of Nandi, Bomet and Kericho are pushing to fill the companies pay extra, citing the altering economic situations and the profits made by the companies.

This may perhaps even situation the counties for yet one other standoff with the tea growers and county assemblies, which antagonistic the governors’ account for to lengthen the rates in 2019.

“Counties are hectic that the multinational tea companies which generate billions of shillings in income must always commence paying Sh10,000 per acre and no longer the measly Sh100 which they were paying since 1926,” acknowledged Nandi County agriculture government member Kiplimo Lagat acknowledged.

Addressing farmers in Nandi Central sub county the day before as we sing time, Dr Lagat accused tea companies of exploiting counties by paying low land rates. The tea companies in Kericho County cloak better than 500,000 acres of land ­ —about 300,000 acres in Nandi and better than 150,000 acres in Bomet.

Within the budget final month, Nandi indicated the multinationals had agreed to pay Sh400 million, nonetheless had no longer acknowledged the velocity per acre.

“The standoff between the multinational tea companies and the county government has been solved and companies fill agreed to commence paying land rates which they had declined to pay for the previous three years,” Nandi Finance government Alfred Lagat advised the assembly when he introduced the budget.

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