Governor Anne Waiguru promises Kirinyaga coffee farmers increased incomes
October 30, 2019
Governor Anne Waiguru yesterday promised
farmers in Kirinyaga that her government was committed to prioritizing farming in
order to realize better returns from the sale produce.
She however commissioned the
distribution of macadamia seedlings to coffee farmers -starting with Mwerua
Coffee Cooperative, for integration into their farming practice.
Assuredly, macadamia nuts have a
high demand in the international market with buyers willing to pay up to Ksh170
per kilo; and since the two crops have alternate cycles
of harvest, Kirinyaga coffee farmers are set to enjoy maximum land use all-year
In line with the Big4Agenda on
Value addition, I have today handed over equipment, including a modern coffee
roaster, grinding machine, and coffee packaging machine, to Mwerua Coffee
Kirinyaga produces some of the best rated coffee in the world with Baragwi and Kabare Cooperatives being ranked 4th and 25th respectively, according to the 2018 Coffee Review report. Through this and other initiatives by my government, I am confident that Kirinyaga Coffee farmers – over 60% of whom are women – will realize increased incomes and an improved livelihood.