Coffee farmers to benefit from 3 year subsidy program

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Coffee farmers across 21 counties are set to benefit from a three year subsidy program aimed at lowering the cost of farm inputs.

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This comes in the wake of calls for speedy legal reforms to address cartels, the high cost of production and labor that are curtailing growth in the sub sector.

A market report from the Nairobi Coffee Exchange indicates that coffee earned the country 776 million shillings in 2017 compared with the previous year’s 916 million shillings, representing a 15 percent decline of 139 million shillings.

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Stakeholders have attributed this decline to among others cartels and the high cost of production and labor.

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Governors drawn from 21 coffee growing counties are calling for legal reforms in the sector in an effort to curtail activities by unscrupulous dealers that are fleecing Coffee farmers.

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County governments have rolled out a three year subsidy program targeting coffee farmers that will see them purchase farm inputs at affordable prices.

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The program also includes rehabilitation of coffee factories and phasing out of old coffee species some of which were introduced by the colonial government.

Despite increased demand for Kenyan coffee globally, production in the country is on a decline. The government has reiterated its pledge to rejuvenate the sub sector under its Big Four plan.

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