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Taming cartels tops agenda of Uhuru coffee task force

Coffee ready for sampling at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. PHOTO | FILE
Coffee ready for sampling at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. PHOTO | FILE 

The coffee task force formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week faces a hard time returning sanity in the sector dominated by cartels even as real estate expands into farmlands.

For years farmers have suffered in the hands of brokers who offer low prices for their commodity only to later sell the same at a premium in the world market.

Mr Kenyatta appointed a 19-member committee to address these and other challenges.

The task force will be chaired by Professor Joseph Kieyah assisted by Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe, according to a Gazette Notice issued on Friday.