Nestle urges coffee farmers to improve on quality
12 November 2014, 12:37
Nyeri - Nestle company has asked coffee farmers to improve on the quality of their product so as to get sustainable incomes.
Nestle’s Equatorial Africa CEO, Cornel Krummenacher said some of the coffee delivered by farmers is of low quality and thus attracts low payments.
Speaking at Mutheka coffee factory in Tetu, Nyeri County, Cornel attributed the low quality of coffee to soil complaining that some farmers were mixing crops.
He spoke during a meeting with coffee farmers, an initiative that was organised by Coffee Management Services (CMS) ltd.
CMS managing director, Kamau Kuria, said coffee farmers’ cooperatives in Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Embu and Meru counties have reported an increase in production of between 70 and 400 percent.
Through a program dubbed 'Creating Shared Value Initiative' spearheaded by CMS, Kamau said the company has been training farmers on better farming methods.
“Since year 2011 our training has impacted on over 26 000 farmers with training on good agricultural practices. Over 4 000 farmers have adopted the high yielding and disease resistant Batian variety, and we expect the production to increase by a further 15 percent by 2016,” said Kamau.
Some of the cooperatives that have adopted farming methods initiated by CMS include Barichu Cooperative Society in Karatina, which collects green coffee from close to 4 000 farmers.
The Cooperative has recorded the highest increase in production from 980 000 to 5 million kilograms in the past three years.
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