Nyeri County leads with the number of beneficiaries from the Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund (CCARF) with Kshs. 23.3 million having been disbursed to coffee farmers in the county out of a total of Kshs. 40.6 million.
Data from New KPCU which administers the fund shows that in the period from August 2020 to June 2021 Nyeri leads at 68% followed by Meru County at 16%, Murang’a at 9%, Machakos at 6% and Kiambu at 1%.
The Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund (CCARF) was established by the government to provide affordable, sustainable and accessible credit to smallholder coffee farmers.
The Disbursement Data per County from August 2020 to June 2021 is as follows:
New KPCU has been disbursing CCARF fund in the form of Cherry Advance, Farm Inputs, and Cherry Picking Advance as follows:
New KPCU says it has also faced various challenges in the Disbursement and Recovery of CCARF among them:
- Resistance from Cooperative Officers and Society leaders.
- Failure of Marketers to honor undertaking agreements in the recovery of CCARF.
- Misinformation about CCARF amongst farmers- Many farmers assume CCARF is a long-term loan that accrues interest.
- Delay in handling of CCARF application Forms at Cooperative Society Level
- Age Demographic of Coffee Farmers
- Operational Funding for Coop Societies
New KPCU has come up with solutions to the Challenges faced in Disbursement and Recovery of CCARF among them:
- Disciplinary action to be taken against marketers who do not honor the undertaking agreements.
- Extensive farmer and society leaders’ sensitization programs on CCARF.
- Engage the Kenyan youth in coffee farming as a profitable and sustainable source of income.
- Uplift the state of cooperative societies by introducing modern and efficient machines to their factories.
- Funding programs to be introduced to assist in operational funding for the factories.