The County Government of Trans Nzoia has pledged to support coffee farmers towards increasing in value and production of the crop.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times after the closure of the workshop event held in Kitale, the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture, Fisheries, Irrigation, and Livestock, Phanice Khatundi, said that time has come for coffee farmers to realize their potential through the support of the county government.
She said the county government is up to investing more in the crop through their cooperatives and added that this will allow them access to credit facilities alongside cheap farming inputs.
The CECM lauded the already existing coffee farmers’ cooperatives and promised to champion their interest to higher levels.
“We are going to stem up proper production methods with the use of our field extension officers to boost production and at the same time look for better markets for our produce. Coffee farmers stand a chance of double production through inter-cropping of other related food crops,” she said.
The county officer further challenged farmer groups and urged them to join or form cooperatives as a way of accessing farm inputs, training, and marketing.
The event was organized by Solid Arid, an organization that deals with aiding coffee farmers across the country to boost their yield.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.