Kenyan government to help prevent coffee sector crisis

Kenya coffee farmers Sida Sweden(Image source: Sida Sweden)Secretary for agriculture, Sicily Kariuki, insisted that the Kenyan government would ensure that country governments and coffee producers and traders reached a consensus on a marketing strategy for the product

Kariuki made these remarks at a time of deadlocks between governors of coffee producing counties and coffee millers over the governors’ plans to take control of coffee marketing from the Coffee Board of Kenya.

“We have a strategy for moving this sector forward whereby we will sit and review strategies to incorporate developments and concerns that have cropped in,” said Kariuki.

Meanwhile there are deadlocks between governors of coffee producing counties and coffee millers over the governors' quest to take over coffee marketing from the Coffee Board of Kenya.

“There will be some changes but those changes should not affect the market but will only affect the efficiency in the coffee supply chain,” said deputy governor for Kiambu County, Gerald Githinji.

Kenya's coffee sector has seen coffee production in 2011 rise by 3,000 tonnes reaching 44,500 tonnes in 2012 earning the country US$220.4mn, Githinji revealed.

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