Coffee farmers in Baringo can now breath a sight of relief after the county government brokered a deal that will see them access the South Korean market with their produce.

“It is finally a break through for our farmer as the exportation deal that was between us and the Asian country has gone through. Our farmers will now have the opportunity to sell their produce in South Korea after we sealed an export deal with the Asian country,” says Stanley Kiptis, Baringo Governor.

The Governor says the county will have an input to enable farmers exploit the opportunity.

Kiptis, “My government will therefore therefore distribute 10,000 coffee seedlings to farmers within the next two weeks to step up production so as to meet the demand for the new market.”

According to Governor Kiptis, for many years, coffee farmers have been suffering at the hands of middlemen who buy the produce cheaply and resell at higher prices, an exploitation that has seen many farmers uproot their coffee bushes opting for alternative cash crops or real estate.

He says at last coffee farmers in the County now have a reason to smile after the his government entered a deal with that of South allows them to reach their markets.

Still in the spirit of partnership, the County will construct a coffee milling plant in Eldama Ravine to add value to coffee from the north and central rift.

Meanwhile their colleagues coffee farmers in Runyenjes are calling for an audit of New Kyeni coffee cooperative society which they claim is riddled with embezzlement of funds and poor prices for their produce.

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Addressing the farmers Member of Parliament Kanini Kega expressed concerns over the poor management of most cooperative societies across the country adding that there is a need to overhaul the management in most of the cooperatives.

By Malachi Motano

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