In a significant move aimed at empowering coffee farmers in Uasin Gishu, Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii, EGH hosted Cabinet Secretary State Department of Cooperative, Hon. Simon Chelugui on Monday for the coffee cherry advance sensitization workshop at the Eldoret Sports Club Grounds.

The workshop attracted an overwhelming attendance of over 1500 coffee farmers.

The County Boss emphasized the positive and significant changes that these funds could bring to the coffee farming industry, urging farmers to take advantage of this chance to enhance both their livelihoods and the coffee sector as a whole.

The governor underscored the necessity for farmers to make prudent use of the funds and to invest in various facets of their farming activities.

Additionally, Governor Dr. Bii highlighted the crucial nature of adopting sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices.

I urge you, farmers, to adopt organic farming methods and minimize the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to contribute to environmental preservation and produce high-quality coffee that meets global standards,” Governor Dr. Bii expressed.

The workshop took place after the cabinet’s recent allocation of an extra 4 billion to the New Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU).

This additional funding aims to elevate the advance rates extended to coffee farmers, equipping them with essential capital for farm investment.

The Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Co-operatives and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Hon. Simon Chelugui, noted that the National Government is collaborating with the county to supply certified seeds at Chebororwa ATC. This initiative seeks to enhance coffee production and tackle the longstanding difficulties experienced by farmers in the sector.

CS Chelugui said the government is committed to correcting the longstanding issues that have plagued coffee farmers in the Country as part of their larger plan to reform the coffee sector.

Chelugui further calls on farmers to embrace diversification as a strategy to adapt to changing market trends.

He promised that the reforms would not only address the challenges faced by coffee farmers but would also lead to improved pay for their hard work.

CECM’s Edward Sawe (Agriculture), Martha Cheruto (Cooperative), Lucy Ng’endo Sports Chief officers Elphas Kesio (Agriculture) Ruth Samoei (Cooperative), and Directors among those present.