Farmers in Kiambu County were encouraged to resume coffee production even as the available market and pricing are being addressed.
Addressing them during the recent Ruiru coffee fair 2019, the Deputy Governor of Kiambu County Dr James Nyoro said that production of the crop had stalled for many years and needed to be improved.
He urged the stakeholders in attendance to focus on looking for buyers who were willing to purchase the different grades of coffee available.
Most buyers of the Kenyan Coffee are only interested in the premium grade coffee and this leaves a majority of the farmers holding the lower grade coffee in their stores.
Dr Nyoro emphasised on the need for coffee cooperatives to solve their internal problems so as to improve the industry.
Due to the challenges in the industry, many coffee farmers in Mount Kenya had replaced their coffee bushes with Macadamia and Avocado.
The governor told farmers to take care of their coffee because only those with ready produce would benefit from the new markets.
Its important for farmers to understand that when the market is found only those with the ready produce will enjoy the benefits,” he said
The two-day event was held at the Ruiru Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research organization (KALRO) coffee centre with BASF as the main sponsor.