Fruitless coffee societies face axe
SEE ALSO :Nakuru-Naivasha Highway closedMugambi warned that they would also monitor the quantity of coffee produced. “If you have a society producing 5,000kgs of coffee a year, it is not profitable for farmers even if you pay them Sh60 a kilo. This is because they have to pay wages to secretaries, watchmen, supervisors, loaders and others, leaving little for the farmers,” he said. The minister said societies should only use one-fifth of coffee revenue to pay salaries and for their day-to-day expenses. “But we have societies which have been taking cash meant for farmers to pay for operations. We want farmers to get as much as 85 per cent of total revenue. Societies must survive on their 20 per cent and ensure farmers get their rightful share." But Henry Kinyua, a farmer whose 3,000-tree farm produces more coffee than some societies, and Abothuguchi West MCA Patrick Muthuri, said the closures would need to be done strategically.
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