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Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 18:27 EAT
Coffee farmers have been warned against selling the produce to brokers who buy it at a throw-away price but end up making a kill from the produce.
Speaking during an Annual General Meeting (AGM) with farmers, Kaliluni Farmers Cooperative Society in Kathiani subcounty chairman Edwin Mulomba, urged the farmers to stick with farmers societies because they sell coffee to companies at a fair price.
"I am appealing to farmers to avoid selling coffee to brokers who are using you to make money, they buy at a throw away price but end up making a lot of money, stick to cooperative societies because they understand the market price," said Mulomba.
Mulomba said that coffee has been the cash crop in some parts of Ukambani and has helped many farmers educate their children whereby he urged them to maintain their farms and the crop if they want to have a better life.
"Coffee has been a cash crop to many farmers in some parts of ukambani and it has assisted many farmers educate their children so I am urging you to maintain your farms and the crop if you want a better life," he added.
Kathiani Subcounty Cooperative Officer Joseph Maina called on farmers to support leaders at cooperative societies saying that they fight for their rights.
"My call to you farmers is to support the leadership at cooperative societies because they are fighting for you farmers and your rights," said Maina.
Maina further pointed out that he will push the government so as to weed out brokers conning coffee farmers.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press