The Kenyan government is committed to working with all coffee stakeholders to increase coffee production from the current 45,000Metric tons to more than 128,000 Metric tons that they have previously recorded.
Speaking on Tuesday during the launch of the Upgraded Coffee Auction System in Nairobi, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mwangi Kiunjuri said the Government will carry out forensic audit of all coffee factories in the country as part of weeding out grand corruption facing the institutions thus denying small scale farmers their hard earned income
“The government has made a decision to revive and ensure coffee farmers continue producing coffee and the implementation of key reforms in the coffee industry is part of restoring the glorious moments the industry and country at large used to enjoy in the 70s,” Kiunjuri noted.
Kiunjuri at the same time accused cartels of frustrating reforms in the coffee subsector, which the government has been fast tracking in order to create beneficial opportunities for hundreds of thousands of small scale farmers.
“The governance issue in the industry is a major problem that has also seen the government unable to gazette regulations,” he said.