The government has dismissed a tea export deal between Bomet County and Iran.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya says the purported deal is fake.
He further alleges the deal did not follow due process.
From the information I have , that deal was fake because no tea reached the port of Mombasa for export.said Munya.
In a rejoinder, Bomet Governor Hillary Barchok maintains the tea will be in Iran by late July.
However, the Governor has denied commenting on Munya’s statement.
Bomet county drew a hard line to oppose the new tea regulations proposed by CS Munya claiming they don’t benefit small-scale farmers in September last year.
In addition, the county instead approached factory directors from the region to find an alternative.
Governor Barchok resolved to sell tea produced at KTDA factories directly to willing buyers, bypassing the auction that is part of the new tea regulations.
The Governor hosted Iranian ambassador Jafar Marmaki at Mogogosiek tea factory in September last year who toured the county following a deal in which the county will sell directly to Tehran.
Iran is one of the leading buyers of Kenyan tea.
Ambassador Marmaki said Kenya would benefit as Iran is a corridor to other tea-buying countries such as Pakistan should the deal be successful.
Marmaki expressed confidence that the deal will be effective so farmers can reap maximum benefits.
Governor Barchok claimed some individuals were out to turn tea into their business venture.
As well as lead farmers into being impoverished in the long run.
As a county, we strongly oppose it… we want things that are clear and which are done in consultation with other relevant stakeholderssaid the Governor.
However, Munya is recommending the selling of tea produced for export through the auction in the regulations.
The sale of private treaties commonly referred to as direct sales overseas are outlawed and any teas that are not sold during a particular auction shall be relisted for sale during the subsequent auction.read part of the regulations.
Kenyan tea that undergoes direct sales is 15 percent.
Currently, global prices rely heavily on the performance at the auction.