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Nescafe To Spend Sh23 Million on Training Coffee Farmers

Peter Musila 2 years ago
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Coffee production in the central and western regions is set to improve after Nescafe launching a plan set to boost the regions. 

Speaking at Kimama Farmers’ Cooperative Society, in Bungoma, Nestle East Africa Managing Director, Njeru Ng’entu, said that Plan dubbed Coffee by Women program is set to help the farmers in the areas as it will offer training and technical support to the farmers.

“The renewal of the Nescafé plan follows the successes made in our earlier two phases where we invested over Sh70million. On average, the Farmers’ Cooperative Societies recorded a 12 per cent rise in coffee production while the quantity of coffee produced per tree by farmers who partially adopted the good agricultural practices increased from 2.5 kilos per tree to up-to 7kilos per tree between 2011 and 2018,” said Ng’entu

According to the director, close to 18,000 coffee farmers will be benefited by the third phase of the program. The phase will see 5,300 farmers and mostly women being trained on how to grow coffee in an efficient way for more yields.

“The renewal of the Nescafé plan follows the successes made in our earlier two phases where we invested over Sh70million. On average, the Farmers’ Cooperative Societies recorded a 12 per cent rise in coffee production while the quantity of coffee produced per tree by farmers who partially adopted the good agricultural practices increased from 2.5 kilos per tree to up-to 7kilos per tree between 2011 and 2018,” said Ng’entu

Nestlé Kenya, through its implementation partner the Coffee Management Services (CMS) Limited, has already identified 12 coffee farmers’ cooperative societies and 24 wet mills to be part of this renewed programme.

The company plans to highly major on having women and the youth bring involved with matters coffee farming and cooperatives administration. The previous phases have provided adequate training to over 42,000 farmers in which 8,5000 were women, and 3,000 were the youth.

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