Kenya

Kenya’s Coffee May Lose Global Appeal Over Contamination

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.

Speciality Beans Head To Virtual Coffee Auction

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.

Farmer Dumps Coffee For Profitable Bananas

“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).

Cane Farmers Back New Crop Regulations

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.

Waiguru Called For Guaranteed Coffee Prices For 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.