Coffee Farmers Receive Pay After 12-Year Wait
Farmers in Murang’a who delivered cherry to the country’s largest coffee miller more than a decade ago have finally been paid. Members of Karuhiu Utheri Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd had cause for celebration after receiving Sh9,618,607 for cherry delivered in the 2008/2009 financial year. Morris Gitau, a manager at the society, confirmed that farmers had been paid Sh25.55 per kilo.“The debt is behind us and farmers have renewed confidence in the organisation and are focused on increasing production,” said Mr Gitau. The delay, which affected a number of coffee societies across the country, was occasioned by the collapse of the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU). Many farmers had given up hope of getting even a single shilling until the government inaugurated the New KPCU and injected Sh300 million to restructure the company.