Friday, January 21

Bungoma Coffee farmers urged to take their products to cooperative societies

Coffee farmers in Mt .Elgon constituency, Bungoma County have been urged to take their products to cooperative societies instead of selling cheaply to Ugandans at a lower cost.

Speaking to the press, after attending a special forum of farmers organized by Kimama Cooperative society in Mt .Elgon, Eric Kiso said that police along the borders have been instructed to make sure that coffee is sold legally in the country through marketing cooperatives and associations to enhance a better market.

“Our neighbors’ in Uganda are exploiting us by buying coffee at low prices and using fake weighing scales which is affecting us ,” he said , adding that coffee smuggling has increased amongst farmers and it’s high time it should  be stopped.

Kiso added that farmers should implement a budget on coffee marketing according to section 24A of the constitution governing coffee farming.

On his part, Kimama Cooperative Chair, Benard Nyongesa echoed the national government’s support and urged the county government to support coffee farmers too by availing necessary resources.

“The national government has supported coffee farmers in the region by bringing solar lights, CCTV, digital weighing scales and security alarms enhancing swift coffee selling,” Nyongesa said, adding that the region has a great market for the product and farmers supported by the government should make it better.

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The organizing secretary, Kimama Cooperative Association, Ben Milupi advised farmers to always plan for their produce and the 527 bags of coffee that had been presented recently to the cooperative was a sign of great produce by the farmers.

“We are good farmers and our recent production shows our great efforts, ” Miluki said, noting that he is grateful for the various stakeholders who have been supporting coffee farmers.

He also said that coffee prices this year are on the verge of increase which will be a great achievement to the farmers.

On matters of education farmers were advised to level up their children’s education by investing in educating them. Good planning on what they earn from the coffee produce was encouraged and family support was encouraged too.

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