The coffee industry has been an important sector of Kenya’s economy since independence, a major source of revenue, employment provider, and top earner of foreign exchange. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nairobi is the world’s 21st largest coffee producer and has about 800,000 coffee growers.
Up to 45 producers and 56 types of speciality-grade coffee from 12 countries will join the first “Singapore Virtual (Micro Lot) Specialty Coffee Auction” on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm Bangkok time.
The data visualization shows grades for each of these coffees harvested from around the world between 2010 and 2018 and rated by professionals certified through the Coffee Quality Institute ’s rigorous training program.
The owner of Growers Alliance coffee shop in St. Augustine immigrated to America about 20 years ago from Kenya. Martin Kabaki grew up on a coffee farm there.
Coffee farmers in Murang’a County have called on the Agriculture ministry to facility the release of the Sh3 billion meant for the Cherry Advance Fund.
“I decided to clear the coffee plantation when I realised the hustle was not rewarding. I was discouraged by relatively low market prices of Sh20 per kilo and I had to look for an alternative way to sustain my family,” reveals Monari who also rears chicken, four heads of dairy animals and grows managu (African nightshade).
Sugarcane farmers have backed the new crop regulations, citing removal of zoning system as a breakthrough for the troubled sector.The Crops General Regulation 2020 gazetted by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has allowed for free market, meaning farmers will now be free to sell to their preferred millers.Previously, cane farmers were required to sell their cane to specific millers within their zones.
The Sh3 billion Cherry Advance Revolving Fund was started by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April last year and was part of recommendations by the Coffee Subsector Reforms Implementation Committee constituted by the President in 2016.
Samuel Muchiri, 44, a farmer in Kirinyaga County in central Kenya is among small-scale farmers who have embraced home-based processing to avoid mixing their coffee with the rest of farmers in order to maintain quality and therefore get a better price.
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.