New coffee variety gives hope to farmers

John Wanderi inspects coffee berries at his farm in Kairi village in Mathioya, Muranga County. JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • “I have three acres under Batian coffee. I once harvested 4,000kg of coffee berries, which I sold at Sh70 per kilogram, from the 2000 seedlings I planted in 2012,” says Wanderi.
  • David Maina, a manager at Gatunyu-Kigio Farmers Society Limited in Gatanga, says coffee prices are determined by the quality and volumes. Farmers are required to use fertiliser, fungicides and pesticides, foliar feeds and calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN).
  • Last July, the Murang’a county government approached individual farmers like Njeri, coffee societies, women and youth groups to grow Batian seedlings for free.

As the old adage goes, a wise man saves for the future. Three years ago, John Wanderi, a businessman from Kairi village in Mathioya, Murang’a County, embarked on his retirement plan.

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