The National, Thursday July 11th, 2013
By ZACHERY PER
A LOCAL coffee cooperative has lauded the decision by Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to allow a steady income of K2 per kg from coffee produce air lifted under the government-funded coffee freight scheme.
Apo Angra Kange (AAK) and Agna Coffee Corporative director Brian Kuglame praised the decision by the CIC management to allow K2/kg to be retained by coffee growers in remote areas.
Kuglame said the high freight costs have been one of the major factors that discouraged growers from shipping their coffee out.
“We are now relieved at the decision as it would encourage farmers to ship their coffee,” he said.
Kuglame thanked CIC and industry stakeholders for the decision that would see an increase in the export quality and volume.
“The decision, which was in the best interest of remote growers, will boost coffee production.
“I also appeal to members of parliament from coffee- growing areas to give adequate support in coffee freight issues,” Kuglame said.
He said the government was focused on agriculture and the decision would enable coffee produce in remote areas to be shipped out.