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.

3 Comments

  1. DAVID W. IRURA
    July 01, 2014

    I WISH THE SALES ARE GOOD NEWS TO FARMERS AS WE HAVE SUFFERED FOR A LONG TIME. WE ARE READY TO WAIT AS LONG AS WE ARE ASSURED THAT BROKERS WHO HAVE HARVESTED WHERE THEY HAVE NOT SOWN ARE TOTALLY REMOVED FROM SALE OF COFFEE AS THEY DON”T OWN A SINGLE TREE OF COFFEE.

  2. Catherine Wamuyu Mwangi
    July 02, 2014

    This is very informative and encouraging to coffee farmers who are eagerly putting a lot of effort in practicing best methods of coffee farming. For example, the collection and application of subsidized CAN fertilizer on coffee trees in Mukurwe – ini sub county. It was through the initiative of his excellency, Hon. Governor Nderitu Gachagua. So i urge all coffee farmers to pray for him and be patient with the work he is doing. It’s not easy. Thanks

  3. japhet mutai
    July 21, 2014

    This is a great move your Excellency,us we are here to see that at the long last a farmers benefits because they labour a lot.