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Fresh Breath In Factories As Coffee Production Increases


Coffee production has risen sharply in central Kenya following the writing off of loans owed by farmers. In the past five years, production of the cherry saw an upward trend in the region perceived to be the leading coffee producer in the country.Analysts in the sector expect national production to rise to 45 million tonnes up from 39 million tonnes that earned Sh20.2 billion last year.The region benefited from the National Coffee Debt Waiver programme of Sh4.8 billion, which was designed to offset heavy debts that had threatened to cripple the sector.

Abandoned farms The Government is yet to clear a balance of Sh89 million to the 27 saccos and unions from the kitty that was remitted in phases.Peter Karanja, a farmer affiliated to Kangunu Factory in Murang’a, said the programme coordinated by Treasury and the cooperatives department helped farmers who had abandoned their farms over debts back on their feet.Gaturi Cooperative Society chairman James Maingi said after debt waiver programme, production of cherry went to 800,000kg in 2016/2017 up from an average of 350,000kg in the previous four years.

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