Meru Senator Kathuri Murungi addresses coffee farmers at Kariene market in Central Imenti constituency. Photo John Majau

Senator wants private coffee millers audited to tame theft

Senate Deputy Speaker Kathuri Murungi has called on the government to audit all private coffee millers across the country following the increasing coffee theft cases. Speaking at Kariene in Central Imenti Constituency, Kathuri who is also the Meru Senator urged the ministry of agriculture to move with speed and collect data on source and volumes…

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Government issues guidelines for coffee debt waiver

Ministry of Cooperatives and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development has issued guidelines for coffee cooperatives debt waiver 2024. Through a public notice from Principal Secretary Patrick Kilemi the Ministry notified the public that any organization that has not forwarded its claims to Commissioner for Cooperatives Development to do so by close of business…

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Cooperatives and MSMEs DeevelopmentCS Chelugui, Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and MP Hilary Koskei dancing with coffee farmers.

Kericho coffee farmers decry inequality in distribution of coffee revolving fund

Coffee cooperative societies in Kericho County have called for fairness and equality in the distribution of the Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund (CCARF). Speaking in Fort Ternan during a coffee stakeholders’ forum, Chairman of Kipkelion Coffee Mill Mathew Bore complained of systemic inequality in the distribution of the revolving fund, claiming that societies which supplied…

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New KPCU Chairman Daniel Chemno addresses the media as managing Director Tim Mirugi looks on at the Meru depot.

New KPCU denies claims of stealing coffee from Meru factory

The New Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU) has denied claims that it stole coffee from a coffee factory located in South Imenti constituency, Meru County. Speaking at the New KPCU Meru depot during an inspection tour of the facility, Chairman Daniel Chemno said that the allegations are baseless and only meant to tarnish their name…

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Cooperatives and MSMEs Development CS Simon Chelugui

Chelugui leads Coffee fund sensitization and distribution in Central region

The Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives Simon Chelugui has led the Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund (CCARF) sensitization and distribution campaign in Kiambu, Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Murang’a Counties. According to Chelugui, the Kenya Kwanza administration has initiated key administrative and legislative reforms geared towards restoring the coffee sector to its full glory. “Coffee is one of the…

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Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti welcomes Cooperatives CS Simon Chelugui. Photo by Stephen Muthini.

Govt urged to waive Ksh603M debt owed by Machakos coffee farmers

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti has appealed to the government to waive a Ksh603 million debt owed by coffee cooperative societies in the county. Governor Ndeti, who hosted the Cooperatives and MSMEs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Simon Chelugui during the launch of the Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund in Kangundo on Tuesday, said that farmers in the…

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Rainforest Alliance Country Director Marion Nduta with GCFCU CEO, Dr. Robert Mainya (right), Nyamira CEC for Water John Matiang'i and Agriculture CEC Alice Manoti after she commissioned GURAL coffee project in Kisii yesterday. Photo Emmanuel Gwakoi.

NGO, Kisii coffee societies partner to ensure sustainable coffee production

Rainforest Alliance (RA), an NGO, and Gusii Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (GCFCU) have partnered to launch a project to enhance sustainability and boost coffee production by ensuring the produce meets global standards. Speaking during the launch at Dallas Inn Hotel in Kisii town yesterday, RA Country Director Marion Nduta said that the project dubbed ‘Gusii…

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Nandi county cooperatives shine in Nairobi Coffee Exchange

The Kapsaos and Sorwot Coffee Cooperatives in Nandi County have registered a remarkable performance at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) Auction this week. Kapsoas Farmers’ Cooperative Society stood out by achieving the highest price per lot as it presented 135 bags through their broker, New KPCU, and each bag was purchased by C. Dormans at…

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County pledges to give young coffee farmers technical, logistical support

The County Government of Kericho has pledged to assist young coffee farmers with technical advice and logistics in value chain to ensure prosperity. Representing county governor Dr. Erick Mutai during the launch of the sale outlet for coffee products produced by the Kipkelion Youth Service Cooperative LTD at Uhuru Gardens in Kericho, chief officer for…

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Kirinyaga company cleared to sell coffee directly to Nairobi Coffee Exchange

Coffee farmers in Kirinyaga have high expectations of getting good returns after the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) licensed Kirinyaga Slopes Coffee Brokerage Company Limited as a coffee broker. It joins 13 other firms that have been cleared by the regulator for the role. The move will now see the farmers reap big since the licensing…

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