President Dr. William Ruto

Ruto warns coffee farmers against taking huge loans after debt waiver

President William Ruto has warned coffee farmers against taking more loans following a waiver issued by the government recently. Speaking at Gitooro ASK showground in Meru County during the Meru Cooperative Dairy Union 9th Farmers Field Day, Ruto cautioned the cooperatives coffee society officials against taking more loans unless it is approved by farmers themselves….

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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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Lackluster performance of some cooperatives reason for State expropriation

By Fred Sitati In the recent past, the cooperative movement has lost two flagship cooperative institutions to the state through expropriation. These cooperatives are Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) and Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU). KCC was renamed New KCC while KPCU was rebranded to New KPCU Ltd. The new effect of this change is   that…

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Review Coffee Cherry regulations to benefit farmers

By Correspondent The much-anticipated turnaround of coffee cooperatives following the introduction of cherry advances to the farmers by the recently created New KPCU, a state corporation, continues to elicit mixed reactions from those expected to benefit from the proposed interventions. A cursory assessment shows that the uptake of this facility remains way below expectations despite…

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