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Nyeri, Kiambu Get Lion’s Share of Sh2.9bn Coffee Cherry Fund

Farmers from Nyeri and Kiambu counties have been the largest beneficiaries of the first tranche of Sh2.9 billion of the Sh4 billion disbursement through coffee cherry advance revolving fund. The payout has benefitted 221,382 farmers across 24 counties. Nyeri accounted for about 30% of the farmers who received the cash from the fund, while Kiambu County received an average of Sh46,623 per farmer. Collectively, four Mt Kenya counties, Kiambu, Nyeri, Embu, and Kirinyaga, accounted for two-thirds of the beneficiaries, receiving 51.2% (Sh1.5 billion) of the funds. The first disbursement to farmers will be at a rate of Sh40 per kg of cherry at the factory level, with the second payment based on additional Sh40 per kilogramme of cherry under parchment one, Sh20 per kg under parchment two, and Sh10 per kg of cherry under parchment three. The Cabinet approved the Sh4 billion for farmers on October 13, aiming to have coffee growers earn Sh80 per kilo of cherry from the Sh20 per kilo as an advance payment.

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