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Othaya coffee farmers receive KES 80 million

09 September 2013, 19:04 Joseph Mukubwa

Nyeri - Around 11 000 coffee farmers from Othaya in Nyeri County have received KES 80 million as payments for the coffee they sold last season.

Othaya Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society chairman Newton Mwangi said that the farmers from the 19 local coffee factories in Othaya started receiving their final payments from their banks last week on Monday.

This was after the sale of coffee cherries and mbuni from the previous financial year.

An average of KES 38.50 per kilogramme was paid with the highest paid factory of Kamoini Coffee Factories receiving KES 50.15 per Kg.

The highest paid mbuni coffee was KES 66.00 per Kg.

The chairman said a total of 1.7 million Kilogrammes were sold through the Kenya Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE).

“However, this was over KES 20 million lower than the previous year where we paid KES 100 million. The coffee of the year 2011 had good prices and was of large quantity. Bad weather affected our crop in the last season during the time of flowering,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, Mwangi lauded the government’s efforts of putting up measures to curb coffee theft.

He said cases of coffee theft have drastically reduced in the recent past after the government and the coffee stakeholders stepped up security.

“The government has boosted security as police have been patrolling the coffee growing areas and also the county government is setting up police units to patrol the coffee factories,” he added.

Mwangi added that more guards have been deployed in the coffee societies during the night shifts.

“We have also put up security devices in most of the factories which are controlled by our mobile phones. We don’t want farmers to lose any more coffee in future,” said the chairman.

He said only one case of coffee theft was reported last year but none such cases have been reported this year.

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