Crop Improvement and Management Programme
Goal: To improve Productivity in tea Ecosystems.
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    The use of improved vegetatively propagated tea cultivars is the most important exercise without which application of optimal agronomic inputs like fertilizer and harvesting practices would be futile. To meet the diverse needs of Kenyan tea growers, the Crop Improvement Programme (CIM) has adopted integrated breeding strategies in order to develop elite and high value tea varieties that combine multiple desirable traits using both conventional and non-conventional methods e.g. biotechnology.

    Thus, the Institute has earmarked to release, by 2015, at least three improved stress tolerant high yielding clones that will produce better black tea quality. The Institute will also release at least two more clones for production of high value diversified tea products such as green (non-fermented), white (silverly tips), oolong (semi-fermented) and naturally caffeine-free teas that are rich in antioxidants..