Special joint team starts audit of local coffee co-ops
SEE ALSO :Coffee sector to undergo reformsMr Kahiga said there was need to instil integrity in co-operatives that are managing farmers’ affairs. “This audit is going to ensure that we know the leaders managing these cooperatives are capable and honest. Also, we would like to collect data to identify what farmers need in terms of farm inputs and support,” said Kahiga. The governor noted that Nyeri farmers have 13.8 million trees with only 12 million productive and each coffee tree produces 2kg per season. “We have the capacity to increase production from 2kg per tree to 10kg per tree per season,” he said. The cooperative audit committee leader Sam Kuria said the performance audit would include collection of data on status of cooperative societies in the county.
SEE ALSO :Coffee farmers to access Sh3b fundKuria, who an official in the State Department for Cooperatives, noted that since cooperatives were devolved to county government, there had been lapse in data collection. “We shall visit each cooperative and audit their books, looking at their debt status as we understand how those debts were accumulated,” Kuria noted. He asked farmers to borrow from financial institution and avoid seeking loans from commercial millers and marketers. Further the audit will look at the society’s assets and whether the farmers benefit from the proceeds of their assets. Also the audit will focus on compliance with the Cooperative Societies Act.
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