Coffee Cherry fund regulations could be reviewed

The government is was considering revising the Coffee Cherry Fund regulations so that coffee farmers could benefit more from it.

Addressing a cooperative leaders’ meeting on the policy’s implementation at Amboseli, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said this could include enabling farmers to acquire farm inputs like fertilizer on credit.

The CS said so far, around KShs.300 million of the the Cherry Fund,” said Mr Munya during the. “We are trying to see what other services can be rendered to the farmers through the fund. The money is there and given the size of the sector, it may not all go to loaning. We think it is a large sum that can be utilized for other things. We may have to see what other services we can provide the farmers,” he said.

“We want it to remain a revolving fund to help stabilize the sector, but also look into more ways it can help even as it continues to help farmers access credit. We may want to think about inputs and whether we can stock inputs at KPCU where farmers can buy them affordably and directly,” said Munya.

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