Parliament today unanimously rejected the proposal to deregister coffee farmers who fail to meet standards set by Government in regards to coffee growing.
Parliament has been discussing the National Coffee Bill 2018 that among other things seeks to register all coffee farmers, and deregister farmers who fail to meet the standards and quality of coffee.
The Bill also proposes the registration of farmers, capturing details of the size of land, the number of coffee trees and particulars of the farmers, coffee buyers and sellers among others.
Several MPs however rejected the proposal to deregister a farmer who does not meet the standards. The MPs say that Government cannot dictate the planting of coffee by individuals who have been doing it on their own, but also have been surviving on it.