Team established to oversee coffee reforms
The government has set up a coffee reforms implementation committee to co-ordinate the ongoing coffee reforms that will ensure sustainability of the reforms agenda for 12 months.
The committee will see production, processing and marketing of coffee and help in making the cash crop profitable.
This comes after troubled coffee sector called for reforms to repeal all restrictions in the law denying them the right to sell coffee.
Coffee remains a major foreign exchange earner for Kenya but its production has been dropping over the years and faces uncertain future.
The price at which the coffee is bought overseas is generally much higher than what is offered to local farmers.
The committee is expected to align the sector to current and future needs.
Professor Josep Kiayah will chair the committee and its members comprise officials from departments for agriculture, trade, cooperatives, and national treasury respectively.
Among other duties stated in the act the advisory committee is expected to develop a road map and action plan for the revival of coffee sector that will focus on production, value addition and marketing.
The committee shall also have powers to perform any function necessary to ensure effective coordination of the ongoing coffee reforms.
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