The small-scale sector is controlled by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA), which manages all smallholding tea factories, determines the prices and is also the direct buyer from farmers. The Tea Board of Kenya manages the tea industry in Kenya on behalf of the Government.

Coffee, on the other hand, is sold through the co-operative societies, which service most of the small-scale farmers. The co-operative societies process their coffee through their factories, serve as the custodians of the coffee for their members and are supposed to benefit individual members through economies of scale. As for the dairy, after years of selling milk to processing companies with little success, I resorted to selling it locally to restaurants or hotels and brokers who buy from us and then resell the milk at a profit to other remote parts of the country.

Are prices sufficient to make a profit?

The prices of both tea and coffee have dropped, and this is a nation-wide problem.