Renewed hope for coffee farmers as foreign buyers visit for direct sales

Over 20 coffee buyers and roasters from around the world are in Kenya for direct engagement with farmers as coffee reforms gains speed.

The buyers and roasters are drawn from the US, UK, China, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, Egypt anf other countries are in Kenya for one week.

They have visited farmers in ther farms millers to gain a deeper understanding of the crop and how farmers could reap better returns for their produce.

The trip that has been organised by the coffee directorate inconjuction with farmers, has brought the inverstor closer to the farmer.

Kanyi Mbote chairman Rumukia Coffee Cooperative Society;the farmers’ representative in the buyers’ trip said this will ensure that the farners eveb set prices for their coffee.

“The trip is going to benefit coffee farmers in Kenya,since tge farmer will know the price of his produce before the coffee is exported”said Kanyi.

New Kenya Planters Cooperative Union(New KPCU) managing director Timothy Mirugi said from the three day trip,the investors have found out that Kenyan coffee is premium.

“The three days coffee trip has made investors brand Kenyan coffee to be premium coffee where through good prices will create impact on farmers’ efforts”said Mirugi.

He has however urged farmers who had uprooted their trees to plant due to the availability of investors.

Mirugi said the reforms spearheaded by the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua are bearing farmers and urged them to increase production.

Peter Ndua of Kusini coffee and from Githunguri but lives in the US said that the trip is going to make coffee very much available-as it was very hard to get it-this was after the charges in milling,sorting and exporting passing a big challenge to investors.

He also said,”Atleast the gold we hardly accessed easily will be easy to get,with this kind of relationship,investors will get the quality and the farmer will get his dues in time”Ndua said.

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