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Nyeri to export coffee, tea directly to Botswana

08 May 2015, 15:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The County Government of Nyeri and Kweneng District Council in Botswana will start direct trade on tea and coffee in the next two weeks.

Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua said Friday that the initiative is aimed at benefiting farmers and eliminating middle men who have been exploiting farmers.

He said a delegation from Botswana’s Kweneng district has toured coffee and tea factories during their one-week visit to the County.

“They visited and admired operations of Othaya Coffee Cooperative Society factory which is adding value to their coffee before selling it out to local supermarkets and abroad,” said Gachagua.

The move, Gachagua said, is in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties in Botswana on October 22, 2014.

“Nyeri County Government and Kweneng District Council of Botswana have agreed to work on a modality to develop Nyeri Products Distribution Hub in Kweneng to be the main distributor of these products primarily within the SADDC,” Governor Gachagua announced.

Kweneng District Council Chairman, Jeffrey Sibisibi, said he has appointed Kweneng Ventures (PTY) Ltd to be the contracting representative and work directly with the Nyeri County entities that deal with coffee and tea.

“We are fully committed to the implementation of the joint MoU and indeed to strengthening the strong ties of friendship between the peoples of Botswana and Kenya,” said Sibisibi.

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