Kakamega County Governor, Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, on launches construction of a Sh300 million tea factory in Madala, Shinyalu sub county, Kakamega County.

The plant, to be constructed in an eight acre piece of land procured by the county government will be the second tea factory in Western Kenya, after Mudete in Vihiga County, the governor said.

Oparanya said the government had identified an investor for the factory and advised the farmers to grow tea in large scale to meet the factory’s demand adding; ‘The investor wants us to be able to produce 5 million kilograms of green tea before he is licensed to operate.”

Oparanya informed the farmers that the government would support them to increase tea acreage through provision of seedlings besides establishment of 10 acres of trees for fuel.

He challenged farmers from Shinyalu, Ikolomani and Khwisero, the main tea growing sub counties to exploit the opportunity and tap the already internationally marketable produce adding, when operationalised, the farmers will own at least 30 percent shares in the factory.

Last year, Governor Oparanya distributed free tea seedlings to farmers in Khwisero and Shinyalu Sub Counties.

Present were; Managing Director and Director, Global Tea Factory Limited, Ahmed Fahim and Peter Kimanga respectively, members of county assembly and the contractor Ahmed Fahim.