KTDA (Kenya Tea Development Authority) has pledged to continue supporting bright students from poor homes through scholarships, Ogembo Tea Factory board chairman Ombasa Omweno saying so far they have funded 200 students up to university.
“We are proud to announce that we have supported many students, some of whom have completed their university education and are now supporting their families after securing employment,” Omweno said.
The chairman was addressing tea farmers from Eberege and Ogembo tea factories during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Ogembo factory yesterday.
He appealed to tea farmers affiliated to the factory and have children or relatives who got above 300 marks in KCPE to apply for the scholarships.
The chairman asked tea farmers to be wary of middlemen because they are bent on exploiting them without giving any fringe benefits like the company does.
The chairman, who was flanked by his co-directors Enosh Anyona (South Mugirang), Josephine Mogaka (Magena) and Enock Riendo (Eberege), advised farmers to avoid inter-cropping tea with other crops like maize because they reduce its quality.
By Enock Okong’o
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