Coffee factories within Murang’a County are set to get new coffee drying beds within a period of eight months.
Irungu Nyakera Foundation in partnership with Kenya Coffee Platform has started to install new coffee drying beds in an effort to boost the quality of coffee.
Former Planning Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera has said, his foundation is committed to reviving the coffee sub-sector saying, new drying beds will ensure the quality of coffee is not compromised.
Speaking at Njora Coffee factory in Kigumo Sub County on Saturday, Nyakera observed that existing coffee drying beds are in a deplorable state thus posing a challenge in the proper way of drying coffee beans.
The drying beds, he said, have also caused farmers to get less price for their produce due to the poor quality of the coffee sold to buyers.
The coffee sub-sector, he noted, has been performing poorly thus prompting a section of farmers to abandon the cash crop.
He said the price of coffee has started to improve, challenging the government to lower farm inputs which will lead to an increase in coffee production.
Nyakera further underscored the contribution of his foundation in championing reforms in the tea sector which have brought hopes to thousands of small-scale tea farmers across the country.
He decried that, over the years farmers have been exploited by middlemen and management of societies saying, in the next government the plight of farmers needs to be given attention.
Kenya Coffee Platform Murang’a chapter Chairperson Maina Mburu lauded the move to replace the deplorable coffee beds saying, the poor drying of coffee beans has cost farmers a lot of money.
The new coffee beds, he said, will ensure farmers fetch better prices since the quality of the production will not be compromised.