Embu coffee farmers receive 20,000 batian coffee seedlings from Sasini
15th December, 2014
Coffee farmers in Embu county have received 20, 000 batian coffee seedlings from Sasini, as the firm begins a 5 year plan to boost the production and quality of coffee grown in the country.
According to the firm, farmers in the country continue to produce less than one kilogram of coffee per bush per year, which is much less than other countries. Moreover, the production of the commodity has fallen from 130, 000 metric tons 20 years ago, to a paltry 40, 000 metric tonnes last year. And this has seen the country earn less for the crop, with the crop bringing in 10.4 billion shillings last year, down from 15 billion shillings the previous year. Embu governor Martin Wambora said the county will ensure its farmers have enough quality seedlings ahead of next year’s rainy season. Batian coffee is usually disease resistant and matures earlier than other varieties.