By Victor Nzuma
Members of the giant Machakos Co-operative Union will now be able to trade internationally after the union launched a website facility on Sunday.
Seventy-nine co-operative societies affiliated to the union from Machakos and Makueni witnessed the launching ceremony held in Machakos town. The occasion was graced by the global co-ordinator of the Netherlands Development Organisation International, Mr Greg Booth, and Assistant minister for Youth and Sports, Wavinya Ndeti.
The Union’s chairman, Patrick Katingima, said the theme of the facility was to create IT exposure to be able to interact internationally with other world stakeholders.
Mr Katingima, who was accompanied by the union’s CEO Martin Malila and the Secretary, Moses Muasya, urged the farmers to make use of the facility to update themselves on the international market prices of their commodities.
He also urged the Government to further lower prices of fertiliser and other farm inputs to encourage more farmers venture into the sector.
The farmers displayed their goods, which they sold to customers who attended the forum.
The CEO said the occasion dubbed “Match Making Forum’’ for farmers and service providers was expected to strengthen relationship between the stakeholders.
The assistant minister called on the farmers, especially those specialising in coffee growing, to double their production to benefit from the current good prices both locally and internationally.
She called on the Government to assist curb rampant coffee theft.
The Kathiani MP praised the leadership of the union for being focused and embracing Internet, which should enhance their performances.