State Assures Coffee Farmers of Ksh.80 Per Kilo in New Sector Reforms

Kenya’s Co-operatives and MSMEs Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has launched the Coffee Cherry Advance Fund, which could benefit coffee farmers from the state’s coffee sector reforms. The government has initiated serious reforms, including the Coffee Cherry Advance Fund, re-establishment of the Coffee Board of Kenya, and licensing of 14 unions to represent coffee farmers. Farmers will begin receiving Ksh. 80 per kilo of coffee cherry through the new fund, with payment guaranteed one month after harvesting. The Co-operatives CS assured farmers of waivers on existing loans and that farmers will receive a bonus when price changes occur. Farmers will also be free to choose whether to be paid in dollars or shillings through the Direct Sales Settlement to avoid being duped by brokers. Machakos County Governor Wavinya Ndeti appealed for a debt waiver of Ksh.603 million owed to coffee cooperative societies in the county, stating that the debt was small compared to what the national government had waived to farmers in other regions.

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