NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has embarked on promoting value addition
and domestic consumption for coffee to create both foreign and
local markets, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
Mwangi Kiunjuri, the
Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock,
Fisheries and Irrigation, said the government is investing to
revitalize the sector through deployment of resources to
strengthen research and innovation and extension.
intends to address the declining production, reduction in area
under coffee, low yields and poor returns that has exacerbated
farmer’s poverty,” Kiunjuri said in Nairobi during the launch of
the Kenya Coffee Platform.
He noted that the
government has started giving coffee farmers affordable loans,
developing infrastructure, development of local and
international markets and establishment of farm inputs schemes.
The CS said the
sub-sector is critical to Kenya’s economy and must be supported
to the fullest.
“We are currently
availing disease tolerant coffee varieties such as Batian and
Ruiru 11 to lowering production costs, conducting trainings to
equip stakeholders on quality assurance and adherence to
standards,” he added.
problems such as high farm input costs, price volatility,
obsolete processing technology, aging farmers and climate change
and poor management of the cooperatives are being looked into.
The CS told coffee
stakeholders to ensure that the forum become a catalyst to the
industry to transform the coffee sector through constructive
He said that Kenya
eyes to raise coffee production from the current 40,000 metric
tons to 100,000 metric tons by 2022.
According to Karogo
Macharia, the chairman of Kenya Coffee Platform, the industry
contributes over 200,000 permanent jobs and another 200,000
temporary and casual jobs providing an estimated 30 percent of
labour in the agricultural sector. It also contributes about 1
percent to the national GDP and 8 percent of the total
agricultural export earnings.