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Makueni Governor and CS Chelugui Unveil plan to revive Coffee Sector

In a move to breathe life into the coffee sector in Makueni, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr in Kikima hosted Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui. The two embarked on a mission to enlighten local farmers on ongoing coffee reforms.

CS Chelugui revealed that the coffee cherry fund had increased from Shs. 2 billion to Sh. 6 billion with a minimum price of Sh 80 per kilo of cherry, aimed at increasing investment in coffee production.

Expressing his concern over the drop in nationwide coffee production, from 141,000 to 25,000 Tons in the past three years. Chelugui underscored the urgency of comprehensive reforms in the coffee sector.

Among the announced reforms is the revival of the Coffee Research Foundation (CRF) and the Coffee Board of Kenya. The CRF will specialize in research addressing issues affecting coffee production. The Coffee Board of Kenya will lead promotion, market research, and product development campaigns.

Governor Mutua assured his support for coffee farmers, pledging collaboration with the National Government in transforming the sector.

He appealed to President William Ruto to consider waiving outstanding loans owed by various millers. Stating that these debts pose a substantial impediment to local farmers’ coffee profitability.

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