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Governor Cheboi urges President Kenyatta to waive coffee farmers loans

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Governor Benjamin Cheboi has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to waive loans owed to Commodities Fund (Codf) by Baringo Coffee farmers.

Speaking when he commissioned the construction of the Kshs 50 million Baringo coffee milling plant in Katimok, Baringo North, Cheboi said farmers in the region are working hard to make progress but are being held back by long standing debts.

“I humbly request President Kenyatta to consider writing off what our coffee farmers owe as has been done in other parts of the country to allow them to invest more in growing this highly lucrative sub sector,”said Cheboi.

Cheboi said the launch of construction of Baringo coffee mill signified good progress that the county government together with its Korean partners are making in turning around the coffee farming into a high income agribusiness venture.

“Our initial phase of investment in coffee farming consisted of empowering farmers to plant more coffee bushes to increase production, upscaling extension services and securing direct export markets. This today spells our commitment to add value and sell market ready coffee as opposed to exporting raw material,”revealed Cheboi.

Cheboi signed the US$ 1 million Memoranda of understanding on the development of the Coffee value chain with two leading Korean firms, Good Beans Limited and Bosung Company last June while on a five day visit to Korea.

The County boss paid courtesy calls and held consultative talks with CEOs and top managers of various ICT, education, Construction and Engineering firms in what he said was to forge close working ties with companies that could potentially invest in Baringo.

An earlier USD 1 million MoU had been signed with Koreas World Best Friend (WBF) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) which continues to see the ongoing implementation of coffee industry revival programmes including training and distribution of seedlings to farmers in coffee growing areas to build their capacity to increase production to support the 50 million coffee milling plant.

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