Coffee farmers are being encouraged to increase production as well as the quality of coffee to take advantage of higher prices on the international market.
The organizer of the Nyeri International Coffee Expo, Solomon Mburu is appealing to financial institutions to provide affordable credit as the government offers targeted subsidies in order to enable them access better farm inputs so as to increase production.
Coffee experts have embarked on organizing expos to educate farmers and those in the value chain on latest technologies to improve the quality and quantity of the produce.
Limited access to extension services is also an impediment that has seen many coffee farmers left on their own.
Stakeholders are urging county governments to recruit more agricultural extension officers to educate farmers on the types and use farm inputs, how to control diseases and pests as well as good crop husbandry that will increase productivity.
Agricultural extension services are among facilities that suffered setbacks following the implementation of Structural Adjustment Programs in the 1990s.