Anthony Githiaka Kiai

Parties & Coalitions

All parliamentary appearances

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  • 27 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. From the outset, I stand to support this Report by the Committee. Kenya’s economy is agrarian in nature, and 27 per cent of the country’s GDP comes from agriculture. Indeed, 27 per cent is direct from agriculture. If you add the ripple effects, you realise that the sector employs about 40 per cent of Kenyans. If you do the linkages, you will find that 70 per cent of Kenyans, especially in the rural areas, are employed by agriculture. Given the statistics, it would be prudent for the Government to invest heavily in the agriculture ... view
  • 27 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: place, Mukurweini. But after the collapse of coffee farming, things have really changed, which has generated a lot of poverty to our people in the Mt. Kenya region. In any country, especially a country like Kenya where agriculture is the mainstay, a lot of money should be allocated to research. When we created AFA about 2014, all the research foundations on tea coffee and others were brought under one roof? The Coffee Research Institute became a directorate under the Ministry as opposed to when it was being governed by an Act of Parliament. Research and development, in many places, is ... view
  • 27 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: and produces good coffee can be turned into a concrete jungle without the intervention of the Government. As I support all the recommendations that have been put across by the Committee, it is important to divorce coffee farming from AFA. Let AFA deal with the small minor crops like peanut. Coffee, tea and major cash crop earners must be given their own Coffee Act and Tea Act to ensure that better returns are realised for the farmers. I support. view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. I have really waited for this chance. I was here yesterday until 7:00 p.m. Today, I was almost being caught up again. view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I come from Mukurweini where, basically, we grow coffee. I have about 13 tea farmers in my place. I am happy to note that this Bill has finally found its way to Parliament. I am happy also to note that those who have been pushing for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) agenda to include coffee, tea and other crops have been here and have contributed. view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: We need to ensure that the debate about what will benefit our farmers is brought to Parliament and not done out there in the burials or by the roadside. The right place to do that is here in Parliament. Tea is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners in Kenya alongside diaspora remittances and tourism. When I look at the Bill, much as it is very shallow, it gives us a platform here in Parliament to address all the issues affecting the tea farmers in this country. Let us beef it up and ensure that all the critical matters that ... view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Looking at the Act, it is a good piece of legislation despite the fact that it is very shallow. It can be beefed up. It is supposed to regulate, develop and promote the tea industry and anything related to it. Also, it sets up the Tea Board of Kenya which is mandated to ensure that growing, The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposes only. Acertified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor. view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: processing and exporting of tea is well coordinated and regulated. But, with the final intention of ensuring that the farmer is well paid. view
  • 20 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: I remember when President Uhuru was in Mombasa, he bitterly complained about the cartels that are controlling the tea industry. Whereby the brokers end up getting about 70 per cent of the sale and the farmers end with the short-end of the stake which is about 30 per cent. This is something of national interest given that tea is an important crop of in this country. Formulation of policies is also captured in the Act. We need to know how it will regulate the small-scale farmer against the multi-nationals in Kericho. Should it formulate policies that relate to small-scale farmers ... view
  • 10 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Speaker. I take this opportunity to send my condolences to the family of the late Mzee Moi. He did much for this country both good and bad. He did so much for so few, but did so little for so many. We will not forget, but we forgive. view