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Producer Tour 2016.....
Patrick Kaberia Muthaura, a Fairtrade Tea farmer from Kenya, toured the county in March 2016, talking to supporters, school children and business people.

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Patrick's New Tea Nursery
Those of us lucky enough to meet Kenyan tea farmer Patrick on his East Anglian tour last March, were so inspired by his visit - one result of which was the formation of SAFT, Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns.
We have heard from Patrick recently that the inspiration was two -way! Tea plucking is carried out at intervals depending upon the weather and on his tour Patrick was often asked what happens to the tea pluckers in between harvests. Well, there is very little for them to do, particularly during the dry season. So on his return Patrick resolved to generate more employment opportunities by starting a tea nursery. He saved 300 and took out a loan which he hopes will see him through the whole project, an expensive and labour-intensive enterprise.
You will see in the video,that the cuttings,taken from bushes which have not been plucked for 3 months, are carefully set out in sleeves in boarded beds covered with a wooden cage underneath a partially shade tunnel constructed from natural materials.
They are then cared for and watered during the next 8 months before they are ready to be planted out on the farm. Patrick will use 4,000 of them and the rest will be sold. He estimated the profit margin will not be large , but the main thing is the local people will be gainfully employed. Patrick tells us they brag about 'working for a guy who has been Britished!'
Congratulations to Patrick for coming up with such a great idea.
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