Kenyan lawmaker proposes bill to ban unprocessed coffee exports

From af.reuters.com

The East African nation is a small producer of the crop, accounting for about 1 percent of annual global output, but its top quality Arabica beans are sought after by global roasters who use them to blend with other varieties.

Raw coffee beans, which are Kenya’s fifth biggest source of hard currency, are usually sold at a weekly auction in Nairobi or directly to buyers abroad who then roast, package and sell them at a hefty premium.

Coffee exports earned $214 million in the year to March.

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