Coffee farmers in Nandi County are set to benefit from a coffee milling plant to be constructed at Songhor Soba ward, Tinderet Sub County.
The establishment of the coffee miller is one of the infrastructural development strategies under the Nandi County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), which seeks to enhance service delivery and increase productivity and profitability through value addition in the agricultural sector.
The miller will boost farmers’ income immensely by reducing the cost incurred by farmers when they seek milling services in far-end areas like Ruiru and in addition, provide local ownership of the production processes.
Through the noble structure that the Cooperative model provides, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development seeks to make sustainable and maximize the beneficial value farmers will get from the milling plant, by giving them shareholding power and ownership of the venture.
Coffee farmers in Nandi through the Nandi Coffee Cooperative Union will be tasked to advance the interests of coffee farming in their collective bargain to make a profitable coffee business through the miller.
The public participation held on Wednesday at Chebonet area in Songor-Soba Ward was marked with site seeing and consultation on the way forward towards the initiation process.
Present was the area MCA Justine Chepnyango, Chief Officers for Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Sub County and Ward administrators, county extension officers, Coffee Co-operative Societies across the county as well as the area residents who wholeheartedly welcomed the project.