The government has so far disbursed over Sh 177 million of the coffee cherry fund benefiting over 15,000 farmers from 16 counties.

The introduction of the cherry fund was one of the reforms that the government introduced in the coffee sector to improve liquidity to farmers by enabling them to access basic commodities such as farm inputs as they wait for coffee sales.

Speaking during the launch of the Coffee prices stabilization framework, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said the Sh 2.70 billion cherry revolving fund that was established under the administration of New KPCU has been working and that sensitization is ongoing to reach out to more farmers to access it.

Kiambu is among the top five counties namely; Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Nyeri and Embu that have seen their coffee dwindle over the years with the decrease in production and earnings thus pushing the coffee industry from the prestigious number one foreign exchange earner…

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