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Coffee millers urged to pay farmers better

By BONIFACE GIKANDI | Published Mon, January 20th 2014 at 00:00, Updated January 19th 2014 at 21:41 GMT +3

By BONIFACE GIKANDI

Murang’a County: Private millers in Murang’a County have been challenged to pay  farmers better for their coffee.

Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria said farmers should be paid  better as international coffee prices have improved.

Speaking during a tour of Kandara Sub County, Iria revealed that coffee farmers affiliated to Eastern Aberdares Coffee Cooperatives (Ecomill) have been getting better returns  compared to others.

“Ecomill is paying better and the commercial millers should do the same as county government is committed to ensure farmers gain from their produce,” he said.

He said his government will support Ecomill to procure equipment for packaging coffee to enhance value addition.

He said Delloitte and Touche, a management company, will soon visit the county to help seal the loopholes used by unscrupulous management committees to swindle farmers.

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Food basket

The governor was accompanied by county executives Albert Mwaniki (Agriculture) Macharia Githirwa (Youth) and Dr Susan Muthoni (Health).

Iria also commissioned the Sh50 million Ajibika water irrigation programme as part of his government’s efforts to support irrigation farming this year.The governor said Murang’a has the potential of becoming the country’s  food basket if water for irrigation is  provided in all parts.

“Murang’a County has 36 permanent rivers which can be exploited to start vibrant irrigation programmes with Nairobi being the ready market for farm produce,” said the governor.


 


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