Sweet coffee aroma washes away farmers’ bitter times with sugarcane

Pamela Bosibori displays coffee berries from a farm in Kambi Awendo, Fort Ternan. Farmers in the area are venturing into coffee growing saying it is well paying. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Sugarcane farming was so demanding, from planting to payment that you had to literally beg the miller. During planting, we had to beg for seeds and fertiliser, and we would later go and beg even more for payment.
  • Coffee, according to Ochola, is profitable because one harvests at least twice a year upon maturity and lasts for over 30 years while cane, one harvests only once after the 18 months wait.
  • For a farmer to join the cooperative, one applies to be a member and pays registration fee of Sh1,000 and Sh6,000 to become a shareholder.
  • Agriculture PS Dr Richard Lesiyampe said recently that the government is keen on introducing coffee to other regions.

Alex Ochola picks a berry from his coffee plant in Kambi Awendo, Fort Ternan in Muhoroni, looks at it and nods with satisfaction.

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