Saturday, Nov 01st 2014

Nyeri coffee plan to boost profits

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUGU KANYI
COMMITTED: Nyeri Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai (C) with Governor Nderitu Gachagua at Sagana mills on Wednesday.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
COMMITTED: Nyeri Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai (C) with Governor Nderitu Gachagua at Sagana mills on Wednesday.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi

COFFEE farmers in Nyeri county have started delivering their coffee to the Sagana KPCU mills for milling. About 400,000 kilogrammes of coffee parchment has so far been delivered to the mills since last month.

 This is after the Nyeri county government and farmers agreed to sell their coffee in a pool instead of selling through different millers as before.

 More coffee for the current season was delivered at the KPCU from various factories in Nyeri county this week. Some farmers have however gone to court to block the coffee milling in a pool.

 On Wednesday, Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua and his deputy Samuel Wamathai travelled to Sagana in Kirinyaga county where they met farmers and assured them of better prices for agreeing to sell their coffee together.

 Gachagua said after the milling, his government will look for potential buyers. “This is the way to get the best prices. There is transparency in the whole process unlike in the other millers,” he said.

 Gachagua said farmers will benefit more since Nyeri produces the best quality coffee in the whole country.

 He told off those moving to court to block the move saying they are being sponsored by millers as farmers have supported the initiative.

 “Those societies moving to court have no mandate from farmers since it was agreed during last year’s meetings that they are ready to sell their coffee in a pool. The county government has a duty to safeguard the interest of farmers,” Gachagua said.