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Govt to help avert crisis in coffee sector

10 February 2014, 10:23

Nairobi - Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Sicily Kariuki, has assured that the government would ensure that county governments and coffee producers and traders agreed on a marketing strategy for the product.

 “We have a strategy for moving this sector forward whereby we will sit and review strategies to incorporate developments and concerns that have cropped in,” said Kariuki.

Kariuki’s statements come at a time when there are deadlocks between governors of coffee producing counties and coffee millers over the governors’ quest to take over coffee marketing from the Coffee Board of Kenya.

The deadlock had in January affected operations at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange resulting in a week’s suspension of operations.

Kariuki has however said that the ministry would convene a meeting between the governors of coffee producing counties and other stakeholders in order to deliberate on how best to avert such a crisis in future.

Deputy Governor for Kiambu County, Gerald Githinji, said that there would be changes in how the coffee industry operates.

“There will be some changes but those changes should not affect the market but will only affect the efficiency in the coffee supply chain,” said Gitinji.

The coffee sector saw a 3,000 tonne increase from 2011 to record 44 500 tonnes of coffee in 2012 earning the country19 Sh billion.

– CAJ News


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