Tea farmers from the highly productive Thumaita section of Kirinyaga's Zone Five have boycotted picking the green leafs as from early this morning.
The furious farmers cited the deduction of a kilogram of green tea delivered at the various buying centers by the KTDA.
They are accusing the new KTDA board of Directors of taking them for a ride.
The farmers are however peaceful unlike in the recent past when they massively destroyed property belonging to some former directors during a similar uprising .
Kirinyaga Senator Kamau Murango who is in full support of the farmers has told the Board to stop the move which has now adversely affected the sector.
The Board ,it has been claimed has told off the Senator reminding him to stick to his Legislative mandate and County Government oversight .
It has also emerged the aggrieved farmers grouped together and matched to the factory to ensure no activities took place .
Farmers are against a move by the KTDA Board to deduct a kilo from every bag they delivered for processing at various buying centers .
When the new Board came into office a year ago , the farmers were being deducted only half a kilogram per one basket but recently doubled the amount .
It was not clear why the Board did not seek for public participation before instituting the measure the farmers have termed aas ;punitive and undemocratic .
The tea sector is a fragile one and requires special handling since the crop is among the top foreign earners for the country .
Should the Board fail to resolve the matter at once , the trend is likely to spill over to the other four factories which comprise of Zone Five.