Meru Senator Wants State to Give Millers Licenses to Process Coffee

Meru Senator Kathuri Murungi is calling for the government to allow other millers to process tonnes of coffee beans in storage facilities across Kenya. She believes that coffee lying in stores should be given to those who have the capacity to mill it and have proven they can be trusted. Murungi spoke to farmers in Kaguru, who have stayed without pay for two years. The Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU) has not yet milled P1, P2, and P3 grades of coffee. Murungi questioned why the government is in a hurry to fight cartels by punishing farmers whose coffee is wasting away in storage facilities. Farmers have urged the government to conduct speedy investigations and arrest those responsible for stealing their coffee. Last year, coffee worth Sh3 million was stolen, leading to a blame game between KPCU and some millers in Meru. New KPCU chairman Daniel Chemno deemed the allegations “baseless and unfounded” and urged coffee factories and warehouses to ensure their premises are manned by armed police officers to prevent theft.

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