NAIROBI (BERNAMA) – The Kenyan government is banking on the introduction of new coffee varieties, reduction in production costs and luring more Kenyans into coffee farming to boost production.
The Agriculture Ministry Principal Secretary Sicily Kariuki said on Thursday that the Kenyan government was keen on increasing its current coffee production level from 49,000 metric tonnes per year to 60,000 tonnes within the next two-years perioid
Many farmers in coffee-growing regions have abandoned the cash crop in preference to dairy farming or real estate which resulted in coffee production being massively reduced from 130,000 tonnes annually in the 1980’s to the current 49,000 tonnes.
Kariuki said introduction of new coffee varieties was being undertaken and luring at least 20,000 additional coffee farmers.
Kenya is set to host the 12th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition in Nairobi next year, a forum for the country to market its coffee, attract new buyers and investment.
Kenyan coffee continues to fetch high prices at the international market thanks to its quality.