Small Enterprise

Murang’a unveils Sh50m coffee farmers’ kitty to revive the ailing sector

Evageline Wabet  prepares dry coffee berries.  PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
Evageline Wabet prepares dry coffee berries. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL 

Murang’a County Government at the weekend announced the formation of Sh50 million kitty to rejuvenate the region’s ailing coffee sector.

Governor Mwangi wa Iria said the kitty will be used to upgrade coffee bushes in the county from the traditional varieties being grown to the technology-driven varieties such as Ruiru 11 and Batian.

The aim, the governor added, is to significantly lower farmers’ cost of production.

“We want the cost to be lowered to at least Sh40 per kilo from the current Sh110. That will be possible if we avail to farmers disease resistant varieties and which do not have extensive husbandry,” he said.

The new kitty will be administered by Amica Savings and Credit Society, previously known as Murata Sacco.

Mr wa Iria said the county government will over the next six months distribute the Batian and Ruiru 11 varieties to an estimated 50,