Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has called for guaranteed coffee prices for the farmers.
Waiguru who was addressing a meeting between Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and representatives of all the 15 Coffee Cooperative Societies in Kirinyaga, said that coffee farmers in the region have for a long time suffered in the hands of middlemen who buy coffee from them without any guaranteed price. The governor called for speedy implementation of President Uhuru’s directives in coffee sector reforms which will see farmers benefit from the Cherry Advance Revolving Fund among other reforms. She said that the best that can happen to coffee farmers are having a direct market for their coffee which she said would save them from exploitation by middlemen. They would also be able to negotiate for a guaranteed price for their crop.