DP Gachagua-Led Taskforce Wrests Coffee Sector From Cartels

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was appointed by President William Ruto to oversee the implementation of coffee reforms, aiming to eliminate cartels across the crop’s value chain. Gachagua was also responsible for overseeing the Coffee Sub-Sector Reforms Implementation Standing Committee. He admitted that cartels were deeply rooted in coffee, tea, and dairy agricultural sub-sectors.

In January, Gachagua sought prayers from Kenyans, acknowledging that they would face resistance from cartels. He emphasized the need to restore dignity to farmers by providing dignified pay for their produce and ensuring they source alternative sources for money. The Kenya Kwanza administration has decided to source direct foreign markets for all coffee produced in Kenya and increase coffee production from 50,000 metric tonnes annually to 200,000 metric tonnes within five years.

The reforms, known as ‘The Rigathi reforms’, aim to revolutionize the marketing and sale strategy of parchment. The government has started exploring direct sales of coffee to the United States, Europe, and other global markets to revive the coffee subsector for better returns to farmers and boost foreign exchange earnings. Last month, 16 foreign coffee buyers and processors decided to source coffee beans directly from farmers in Nyeri after realizing producers were being exploited by middlemen.

The reforms are expected to bring about significant changes in the coffee industry, boosting farmers’ returns and foreign exchange earnings.

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