Coffee millers to get licenses from counties

Written By: Benson Rioba

Coffee millers will now be required to get their milling licenses directly from the county governments in a push to revive the sector.

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This is part of a raft of regulations proposed by the coffee sub-sector committee which will present the proposals to parliament next week.

Coffee farmers in the country are set for low earnings this year after the Kenyan coffee shed 32 per cent of its value as international coffee prices stumble.

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The government hopes to leverage on the new regulations to increase future coffee production to cushion farmers from the volatile international markets.

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The coffee sub-sector committee tasked with reviving the industry says the new coffee regulations will include establishing a commodity exchange that will be under CMA to replace the Nairobi Coffee Exchange.

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Millers will now be licensed by the county governments in a move that is aimed at streamlining the whole coffee value chain.

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Similarly, coffee farmers have been urged to aggregate and form cooperatives to easily access government subsidies.

The committee is also proposing creation of a fund that will assist coffee cooperatives access working capital once forensic audit of the cooperatives are complete.





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