Agriculture CS Peter Munya has given out tough measures aimed at regulating the coffee sector and safe farmers from exploitation by middlemen.
” We have experienced cases of farmers paying so much interest on small loans they take but the government has reduced the burden and farmers will be dealt with directly not from middlemen,” said Munya.
Speaking at Ekerenyo grounds Munya said its high time the coffee sector is streamlined so that farmers can benefit from their commodity.
The CS later proceeded to Nyamaiya where he addressed coffee farmers.
The CS further indicated the government commitment to revive coffee mills that have not operated for long so that farmers in the Gusii region can take their coffee for milling.
“There was a challenge of coffee mills that had not been in function due to some reasons but we as the government will look on this matter and ensure we have the mills back to operation for the better of our farmers,” the CS added.
Munya was with County Commissioner Amos Mariba, Nyamira senator Okong’o Omogeni, Commodities fund Chairman Mwancha Okioma,
Nyamira senator on his side said the farmers need to benefit from the coffee crop and hence said he will follow up on the issues affecting farmers in the county.
“Our business as leaders, is to help our farmers to be equal to other farmers in the country, and that is what we will do as leaders,” said Omogeni.
Nyamira County is among the major producers of tea and coffee in the country and CS Munya said the government will ensure the tea and coffee sector in the region will be improved.
By Darlington Mose