Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has revealed ongoing talks between the President and US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman to have Starbucks buy coffee directly from the country.
Gachagua was speaking on Sunday in Nyeri where he addressed the challenges coffee farmers in the country are facing and the interventions the government is undertaking to protect them.
He continued by calling out brokers for frustrating their efforts saying that companies like Starbucks will offer solutions that will benefit farmers greatly.
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“I thank the President; he spoke with ambassador Meg Whitman and she has planned coffee buyers in America called Starbucks to come here and meet the president and me so that they be buying our coffee directly.
The people who buy our coffee are not Americans it is bought by people in Europe. And even there is one country that sells the most coffee in the world yet they have no single coffee plant. They are just brokers now we want to remove them.” said the DP
The DP also revealed that the government has set aside Ksh 4 billion for coffee farmers so as to increase their earning increase to Ksh 80 per kilogramme from the current Ksh 20.