China wants to market Nyeri coffee
25 July 2013, 16:00
A group of marketers from China has expressed interests in marketing coffee from Nyeri County, Governor Nderitu Gachagua has said.
Gachagua said a deal will be signed once all the mechanisms are put in place.
He further pledged that he will be visiting coffee farmers in the county to seek their consent on the recommendations given by the sector’s task force recently.
Speaking in Nyeri town, the Governor underscored that marketing coffee together and milling it at the Kenya Planters of Coffee Union (KPCU) in Sagana are some of the recommendations made, noting they have been embraced by his government.
Gachagua said he is optimistic that once all recommendations are implemented, farmers’ income will increase.
Gachagua pledged to work with the county assembly to make into law the recommendations that have been passed by the task force.
He further said that the county marketing body will reduce the loopholes created during the marketing of coffee by the millers, which have reduced the farmers’ income.
“For a long time coffee has benefited some people at the expense of the farmer but that is about to end. Nyeri coffee will be sold together at good and favorable prices,” Gachagua stated adding that interested buyers should start lobbying for the product now.
However, the coffee task force which was created by the county government through Chairman Wachira Mwago had also recommended that coffee be milled and marketed as a unit.
It further suggested that production of the cherry should increase from 12 Million metric tones to 600 metric tones per year.
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