NAIROBI– Coffee farmers in Baringo County in western Kenya now have the option of selling their produce in the Republic of Korea a(ROK) fter the county government sealed an export deal with the Asian country.
Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis said Tuesday that the country administration would distribute 10,000 coffee seedlings to farmers within the next two weeks to help them step up production so as to meet demand from the new market.
For years, Baringo coffee farmers have been suffering at the hands of middlemen who buy the produce cheaply and resell at higher prices. This has seen many farmers uproot their coffee bushes and opt for alternative cash crops or real estate development.
Baringo coffee farmers, however, now have a reason to smile after the county government brokered a deal which will see them access the upmarket South Korean market. The county is also partnering with the ROK government to construct a coffee milling plant in Eldama Ravine to add value to coffee from the north and central Rift Valley regions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK