Cancer devastating tea farmers
Cancer is causing massive devastation to tea farmers and urgent measures to slow down the spread of the scourge various stake holders have said .
The killer disease has not spared farmers in all the tea growing areas in the entire country hence the urgent measures to contain it.
According to the KTDA’s Head of Human Resources Sudi Mitara , all measures which range from preventive to dietary control must be strictly put into immediate practice.
The official spoke during a week long free medical camp held at Kangaita Health Center in Kirinyaga County , said the disease was also prevalent in those aged from 50 years and above .
“This age bracket is the one directly involved in the actual tea farming in this country hence our worries if the disease was not brought under control ,”Mitara said.
And the KETEPA Marketing Manager Asko Ogora who was accompanying Mitara said the measures being put in place will certainly bear fruit due to the commitment her organisation has over the menace .
Ogora said KTDA in conjunction with other state holders were committed to ensuring proper education on how to prevent and contain the disease was provided to the farmers .
She said such free medical camps will continue to be provided in all the tea growing areas so as to equip the farmers with the right skills to combat the disease .
“Once we combat the disease our farmers will then be able to put some money into their pockets instead of spending the hard earned cash on endless medication .
The Thumaita Tea Factory Director Njagi wa Terema who represented the Zone Five Director Mithamo wa Susana said the entire KTDA fraternity was ready to the fight against cancer .
“We are aware the tea sector risks suffering heavy losses due to lack of healthy farmers and as such the efforts being put in place by the stake holders to reduce further occurrence of this disease have our full support as KTDA, “ he said.
Added wa Terema “ I must also remind and reiterate to our people that a health tea sector is a wealthy tea farmer “.
He said KTDA will continue to partner and collaborate with all the likeminded stake holders in the tea sector for the sake of our esteemed farmers .