The nation's coffee production will drop to its lowest since independence as effects of drought and the scale-down of crop husbandry by farmers due to low returns bites. Consequently, the country’s total distribution is expected to decline to a historic low of 830,000 bags compared to 910,000 in 2018/19. "Government’s efforts to promote smallholder coffee production in non-traditional growing areas is countered by a surge in housing developments on farms located in peri-urban areas, leading to an overall stagnation of total coffee production,’’ USDA said. Data by the Coffee Directorate indicates farmers earned Sh9.04 billion last month, against Sh11.8 billion realised in the same period last year. Speaking during the launch of state capture report by Africog last week, economist David Ndii termed value addition of coffee by farmers costly and unsustainable.
Source: The Star May 27, 2019 01:52 UTC