- Governor vows he will continue pushing central milling of produce
- Farmers societies urged to take their produce to a common miller
Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua has vowed to move ahead with his efforts to centralise coffee milling in the region despite opposition some farmers.
The county government in October 2013 had issued a circular informing the farmers the from this year all coffee would be milled from a central point.
However, 13 coffee farmers’ societies moved to court and obtained an injunction pending hearing on February 10.
Speaking on Wednesday after inspecting the Sagana Coffee Mills, the proposed central point, Mr Gachagua accused the dissenting societies of being funded by private millers who had been making hefty profits by defrauding farmers through exaggerated milling loss and poor grading of coffee parchments.
The governor defended his government’s decision for central milling, saying it was arrived after a resolution with farmers.