There are several reasons for this, the chief one being epidemic diseases such as HIV/Aids. Sick people cannot work, which is affecting agriculture in the whole country. In addition, changes in lifestyle in the rural areas mean that many young people find it embarrassing to be called a farmer. They would rather seek minor jobs in the cities even when they are less well paid than working on a farm. Urban immigration is a huge challenge, not only in this region, but in Kenya in general.

Are food losses a big problem on your farm?

During the high seasons of tea and coffee, we have a lot of losses because the produce is not collected on time, and sometimes, after days of waiting, the tea leaves and coffee beans are dried up or rotten. Other food crops such as maize and beans are lost due either to lack of labour or lack of proper storage.

n    Let’s get back to marketing aspects.