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Battered by Low Prices, Kenyan Farmers Turn to Purple Tea

The emerald green tea fields at the foot of Mt. Kenya, dotted with pluckers picking leaves by hand, may look idyllic, but the orderly rows of cropped bushes present a growing problem for the farmers who planted them. Nelson Kibara has been growing tea in the Kerugoya region for 40 years. He said the prices this year have been so low that he has been left with almost no profit at all. To survive, he said, he needs to diversify. Kibara, along with hundreds of other farmers, has been...

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