Nestlé, a global food processing firm, has expanded its coffee training plan in Kenya to now reach farmers in Nandi, Kericho and Bungoma counties.
The company says it has recruited 12 farmers’ cooperatives comprising of over 18,000 coffee farmers in the new regions to take part in the programme which will also focus on recruiting more women and youth to participate in the coffee value chain.
The project to be implemented in the next three years, will see Nestlé offers extension services, establish coffee demonstration plots for teaching purposes, conduct soil analysis, employ and equip agronomists who will be attached to the cooperatives.
Bungoma County Chief Officer of Cooperatives, Ms Sella Okella said the launch of Nescafé Plan in the county was timely as farmers are starting to embrace coffee farming.
“We have seen continuous growth in acreage of land in coffee with more and more people embracing the cash crop. We are also encouraging more women and the unemployed youth to embrace coffee farming as the demand for the crop continues to grow,” Ms Okella said.
The Nestle East Africa Managing Director Njeru Ng’entu said the renewal of the Nescafé Plan follows its successes made in two previous phases.