The Star (Nairobi)

21 August 2014

Kenya: Nyeri Coffee Farmers to Be Paid Sh53-83 a Kilo, Says Gachagua

Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua at Kangocho Coffee Factory on Tuesday after visiting local coffee farmers.

NYERI coffee farmers will be paid between Sh50 and Sh83 a kilo, Governor Nderitu Gachagua has said.

He said the more than Sh1.6 billion total payments will reach farmers within a week.

He said the rates will be published in local dailies.

"This is a big step since some coffee farmers were paid as low as Sh35 a kilo last year," Gachagua said.

He was speaking at Kangocho Coffee Factory in Mathira on Tuesday.

The governor will visit more than 10 coffee factories.

Gachagua said 41 per cent of coffee was sold directly to overseas market while 60 per cent was sold through auction in Nairobi.

"We hope Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Murang'a and other counties will join us so that we can pay as one pool," he said.

The governor said the process was delayed because of auditing procedures.

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