|Tea Quality Improvement, Product Diversification and Value Addition (TPVA)|
The research carried out has revealed that more flavoury and anti-oxidant rich teas can be produced by varying process conditions and type of raw leaf used. Research is also focused on developing systems that will stimulate adoption of quality improving technologies, as well as enhanced factory throughput and efficiency in tea manufacturing. Technologies for enhanced throughput in tea factories will be important for deployment during peak crop season when a lot of farmers produce goes to waste.
Tea Research Institute recently restructured its operations to move away from Departments, which are administratively oriented to programmes approach which is demand driven. Research at Tea Research Institute is currently is being conducted in four thematic areas namely:Crop improvement and management.
The following laboratories offer services:
Tea Research Institute Laboratory services main objective is to provide reliable, accurate and timely analytical testing services on all issues relating to tea throughout Kenya.