Gusii Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (GCFCU) has joined the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) to auction its coffee directly to buyers, ending decades of dependence on brokers.
The Union’s CEO Dr Robert Mainya urged coffee farmers and the public to visit the union on Tuesdays and watch how coffee is being sold at the auction.
He said the sale of the coffee will enable the farmers to know the quality of their coffee and improve on the same to boost their earnings.
“The entry of the union in the NCE was long overdue and is a milestone in the Union’s history” Onsinyo said.
Flanked by the union’s chairman Peter Onsinyo and Finance manager Cleasos Atambo , the CEO said the government had licensed Kinya Company to sell coffee at the NCE for Kisii and Nyamira counties.
He noted that the union has embraced reforms in the coffee sub sector to boost farmers’ earnings and appealed to the farmers to embrace proper coffee husbandry to aid increase the quality and quantity of the crop since the demand for the produce is high in international markets.
Mainya said the Union will ensure the farmers get paid well based on the quality and quantity of the coffee sold at the auction, adding that the auctioning is transparent and farmers know the sales of their coffee in advance.
He further revealed that the union has supported coffee cooperative societies to start coffee nurseries in their respective societies.
By Emmanuel Gwakoi
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