Nyeri coffee almost fully sold
The Nyeri County Government has disposed of most of the 200,000 bags of coffee it received from farmers’ societies under the coffee direct sales initiative, the County Executive for Agriculture Shadrack Mubea has said.
He said 72 per cent of the coffee has already been bought and the balance is to get a buyer soon.
“We promised farmers that we will sell the coffee by June 30 and we intend to keep that promise”, Mubea said when he spoke to the media this morning.
Mubea said they expected to overcome the challenges that had beset the initiative and urged farmers to be patient.
Mubea sought to clear the air over rumours circulating in the county that the initiative had met strong headwinds engineered by brokers who for years profiteered from the farmers’ sweat as the growers lived from hand to mouth.
His remarks bolstered Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s report that the direct sales initiative was going “very well” when he was questioned by journalists over the coffee sales , although he declined to elaborate.
“In fact I am going to invite you for another press conference soon to announce good news to farmers”, Gachagua said enigmatically when asked about the coffee.
Gachagua was elected on a platform of the value addition of local agricultural produce, with the hope of ensuring most of the proceeds from the produce end up in farmers’ pockets.
The coffee initiative is his first agricultural reform program.