Coffee farmers in Embu county have unanimously agreed to now start selling their coffee to the Kavutiri coffee factory as a way of improving coffee farming in Embu.
Speaking during a meeting at the Kenya School of Government which brought together all the heads of the coffee factories in Embu and officials from the county government, Embu Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora said that the move will protect farmers from brokers who buy their coffee at a throwaway price.
Wambora said that coffee buyers will be buying the coffee from the Kavutiri coffee factory and no coffee will be taken to Nairobi Stock Exchange and noted that farmers will get better prices.
He said that farmers will get better returns as the middlemen will have no chance but to buy the coffee direct from the farmers.
The county boss said that the factory will have enough security to protect the farmers’ coffee from thieves who try to steal at night.
“I want to assure the farmers that the factory will have tight security of armed police officers at night to protect the wealth of the people and no one should worry about the security of their coffee”, said Wambora.
Some farmers have been raising concern that the county government was taking too long to start operationalizing the plant despite them buying types of machinery some years back.
Wambora said that any time from now the factory will officially be opened to enable the farmers to sell the coffee in it and Wambora said it may be opened next month
Write off debts
He said that he will engage President Uhuru Kenyatta so that the debts which the factory has is written off so that there will be a smooth running of it when it starts its operations.
Embu county CEC in charge of Agriculture and Irrigation Ann Nyaga said that there is the need for Embu coffee farmers to link up with the county government to improve coffee farming in Embu.
The chairman of Murue Tea Factory John Maruku said the opening Kavutiri tea factory will ensure farmers get better prices for their coffee.
He said time immemorial farmers have suffered from poor prices which they get from the middlemen.