Nandi coffee farmers decry poor management and corruption menace in their cooperative societies.

Among the farmers who staged their protest last week included Taretmoi and Kapsaos members of Cooperative societies, who called Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to intervene and settle issues affecting coffee sector in the region.

They claimed that their attempt to reach out to the cooperative societies’ management turned futile, and instead, a section of the members have been victimised and harrased for raising integrity questions.

Daisy Jeptum, one of the farmers claimed that they have not benefitted from the recent government initiatives and stimulus cushion the coffee prices.

“It has been a challenge to access market for our produce and we end up selling them at throw-away prices. Since the begining of the year, as parents we cannot afford to pay school fees for our children due to delay in payment and low buying prices of cherries,” she stated.

She further claimed that the unscrupulous traders and middlemen have taken the advantage of crisis in the cooperative societies to buying cherries directly from the farmers who are urgently in need of money at poor prices.

“The management are forced to salvage the stalked cherries in their stores to unknown traders at Sh. 20 per a Kilogram. This is a huge lose to the farmers who totally rely on coffee farming as source of livelihoods,” Daisy said.

Josephat Bittok indicated that the minimum buying price is supposed to be Sh. 80 per a Kilogram as announced by DP Gachagua but he said that it has not materialised

“We are calling upon the government to help us. I have suffered and now my children are suffering too. I thought our government will assist us but now I am worried that we will continue lavishing in poverty if this will persist.” Said Bitok.

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