Head of Tea Directorate Samuel Ogola said they were working with the EATTA to ensure the plan is implemented within a short time.

“We are in touch with EATTA as we target to introduce an auction for specialty tea in Mombasa to run concurrently with the current one for black CTC tea,” he said.

This comes as US-based tea buyer struck a deal to buy specialty tea produced locally for distribution in America.

International Tea Importers and the Tea Directorate signed the crucial agreement last month.

Kenya produces 10 million kilogrammes of purple tea from seven licensed factories in different parts of the country.

A kilogramme of purple tea is sold at Sh1,957 compared to Sh280 for black tea at the auction in Mombasa.

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