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Meru adopts early coffee compensation arrangement

AGRICULTURE: Even before the national government starts implementing a new payment model to coffee farmers countrywide, Meru County, in partnership with value chain players, has launched a new cash monthly payment model.

Farmers in Meru County will be receiving monthly income unlike before when coffee marketers have been paying them six to eight months after sale of their coffee.

Samuel Kuria, a senior cooperative officer in marketing division at the State Department of Cooperatives, disclosed that the cash payment model is borrowed from Ethiopia and is meant to boost farmers’ morale. Kuria explained that currently, cooperative societies are supposed to pay farmers 80 per cent of the total proceeds and retain 20 per cent for operations which farmers have to wait for long.

“This is a pilot project being implemented in Meru County and the model has been borrowed from the Ethiopia Cash Payment Model. F

armers will be paid a monthly average of Sh23 for a kilogramme after exclusion of 20 per cent to finance societies operations for a period of four months starting May this year,” said Kuria. The payment method will later be implemented in other coffee-growing counties.

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