Munya vows to sustain reforms, warns tea sector players against defiance
REGULATIONS: The government has signalled intention to fast-track and systain ongoing reforms in the agriculture sector.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya warned tea players who will not comply with new regulations that they risk having their licenses revoked and penalised as well.
He also disclosed that names of individuals and companies interested in investing in five State-owned sugar factories will be announced today.
The CS confirmed that Sugar Directorate will preside over the opening of technical bids at the Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) headquarters.
During a media press conference yesterday at Kilimo House grounds yesterday, Munya said value chain actors in the tea sub-sectors will be required to conform to the new regulations to support government efforts in enhancing efficiency in the industry.
“As we set out to implement the new regulations, I wish to affirm that the timelines which I have just outlined will be strictly adhered to.
We expect co-operation and compliance by stakeholders,” he said.
“Those who don’t comply risk attracting penalties which will include having their licences suspended or revoked.
The more egregious cases will attract charges and prosecution under the Crops Act,” added Munya.
He added that implementation of the Tea Industry Regulations will be driven by AFA between today and March 31 next year.
On sugar sub-sector reforms, Munya said the ministry has received Cabinet approval to invite investors to take long-term leases on the five State-owned Mills – Chemelil, Muhoroni (In receivership), Miwani (In receivership), Nzoia and Sony Sugar Company Ltd.
He said the procurement processes for those leases are on track in line with Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.