Trans Nzoia County is promoting Coffee as one of the major crops under the crop diversification program. CEC Agriculture Mary Wamboi Nzomo says they have been encouraging farmers to take up coffee farming as an export crop that gives high yields and is highly profitable.
“As a department, we have put up a number of initiatives that will help promote coffee farming in the county which include; providing subsidized coffee seedlings, promoting good governance of our coffee cooperatives, continuous training of farmers together with stakeholders like Solidaridad to ensure our farmers adopt best agricultural practices, increase productivity and produce high quality coffee that will fetch premium prices” says the CEC. “We are also planning to take our farmers for benchmarking to Nandi County which had the best paying cooperative in Kenya for the 2019/2020 season which paid farmers Kshs.160 per kilo of Cherry,” she adds.
The CEC says the County is known for producing high-quality coffee due to the volcanic nature of the soils & good climate which gives a unique sweet taste & aroma to the coffee and a brand called KITALE Kenya is on the shelves of supermarkets in Europe.