The Government today launched an ambitious Sh 1.5 billion Coffee revitalization initiative supported under ongoing programs of the World Bank.

The Government today launched an ambitious Sh 1.5 billion Coffee revitalization initiative supported under ongoing programs of the World Bank.

The two-year program will be undertaken under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) and the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).

Agriculture , Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya launched the program from his Kilimo House office after holding a Virtual Conference with various Governors from the Coffee Growing regions whose counties will be the major beneficiaries of the project.

The CS and the governors discussed various issues concerning the challenges facing the Kenyan farmers, especially those growing coffee.

Components of the Coffee Revitalization Program shall include increasing coffee production, improving the efficiency of farmer co-operative societies, supporting research development and technology dissemination.

The other components of the program include supporting development of alternative coffee markets and project coordination.

Phase one of the program will be piloted in the main eight coffee producing counties of Kiambu, Machakos, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru.

These pilot counties account for 70 per cent of the national production and have a potential for quick wins through increased productivity.

These counties have also agreed to inject additional investment to the coffee revitalization project.

Phase two of the project will expand into the other coffee growing counties where lessons learnt from the pilot regions will be up-scaled.

CS Munya said the new project will focus on tangible outputs directed to coffee farmers to enhance more cash flows. The budgets will be rationalized in four main components geared towards selected viable coffee co-operatives.

The CS said the County Governments have a huge role to in play in the implementation of the program especially by committing additional funds in the project.

He thanked the World Bank, which was represented at the function for their continued collaboration aimed at improving the living standards of the Kenyan citizens, investors and other stake-holders in the coffee value chain.

Other institutions represented at the function included the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) and the New Kenya Coffee Planters and Co-operative Union (New-KPCU)

Others were the CAS Anne Nyaga, PS Agriculture Research and Crops Prof. Hamadi Boga, PS Co-operatives Ali Noor Ismail and the Acting Commissioner for Co-operatives, Geoffrey Njang’ombe