Coffee experts worried that Kenya risks being kicked out of international coffee market
Kenya’s coffee over the years has failed to reach at least 1percent of the world productions, leaving the crop experts from Embu county to warn that the county risks being suspended from International Coffee Market.
The International Coffee Market laws stipulate that any country that does not produce 1percent of the coffee produce worldwide ought to be stopped from trading coffee.
According to Faith Karimi the director of Nuf Coffee Company, coffee production in the country is dwindling very fast and thus sending a signal to the International Coffee Market.
She says Kenya’s coffee production stands at 42,000 metric tones down from 142, 000 metric tonnes which had placed the country on the coffee market.
Karimi, “There are plans to sensitize coffee farmers to embark on it production so that the country still retains it trading license by surpassing the 1% mark.’
She was to farmers in Njukiri showground where she advised farmers to start single stem coffee farming where they (farmers) plant one stem and tend to. This according to her will increase the productions.
She further claimed that a team of experts are going to be sent to the over 24 counties to try and teach the farmers on how best they can improve their coffee farming to boost their produce and ensure their quality is the best.
Karimi added that she will help each county meet the target of 3 million kilograms of coffee.
Karimi, “If the 24 counties can achieve their target,the country will be safe and the farmers will be able to earn Kshs.300 per Kilo which will help them meet their daily needs.”
By Malachi Motano