Coffee farmers decry low international market prices

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Coffee farmers in Murang’a have decried the low prices on the international market occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The farmers claim that countries that buy coffee from Kenya are struggling to fight the pathogen.

The farmers led by the Chairman of Kagiri Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Kigumo Sub-county James Kibugu are now appealing to the government to come up with measures to cushion them.

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Kabugu said that the economic recovery measures being employed by the government should also include consideration for the coffee sub-sector.

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Speaking at Kigumo trading centre, Kibugu said despite an increase in coffee production this year, marketing of the cash crop has faced numerous challenges mainly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He noted that the situation has been compounded by the cancelation of flights by many airlines in the wake of the pandemic.

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Kibugu appealed to the government to fast track the release of cherry advance funds to cushion farmers from financial difficulties.

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