Quick cash ahead as Meru pilots Sh400m Ethiopian coffee industry model

The national and Meru governments have partnered to uplift Kenya's ailing coffee industry at a cost of Sh400 million.

Governor Kiraitu Murungi said on Friday that the county is "lucky" to pilot a project that emulates Ethiopia's in the areas of production and payments to farmers.

Kiraitu noted that the country, the biggest producer in Africa with about 700,000 tonnes annually compared to Kenya's 40,000, pays its farmers in time.

Noting this has been Kenya's main challenge, he said he will work with government officials to help coffee farmers by adopting the Ethiopian coffee industry cash model.

"We want to increase production and simplify the payment system. Farmers in Ethiopia do not wait long to sell coffee. The way we sell bananas is the way we should sell coffee...farmers should be paid immediately."

He spoke on Friday at Heritage hotel in Nkubu, South Imenti constituency, where he met  more than 500 coffee farmers, national government officers and other stakeholders

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