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Jubilation as coffee farmers receive triple pay

16 September 2014, 13:07 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Thousands of coffee farmers in Othaya sub-county received KES 193 million as payment for coffee harvested in 2013/14 crop season.

While announcing the payments during a press conference in Nyeri town Monday evening, Othaya Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society chairman, Newton Nderitu, said the farmers will receive KES 193 539 969 after delivering 3.7 million kilograms.

Nderitu said the payments sparked celebrations in the town given that they received only KES 77 million last year for last season's harvest.

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“This year’s payment is almost triple of what we made last year. Othaya coffee farmers should know that their 2013/14 payments is already in the bank,” said Nderitu.

He stated that 40 percent of their produce was sold directly to Denmark, Korea, Germany, South Africa and Norway among others, while 60 percent was sold at the Nairobi coffee auction. He said the direct sales boosted their returns.

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“The money was due to good marketing systems. We still encourage our farmers to embark on increasing quality and production so as to earn more,” said Nderitu noting that farmers were paid between KES 40 and KES 57 per kilo.

The society has more than 11 000 farmers with 18 coffee factories.

Among the highest paid factories in the society were Chinga and Kiaguthu which received over KES 14 million, while Kagere and Rukira factories received over KES 13 million.

Nderitu however expressed concerns that farmers affiliated to the society were reluctant to seek expertise advice yet they ought improve and embrace modern agricultural practices in their activities.

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