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 round.
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 cooperative farmers.
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.