Uasin Gishu County Government through the department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has given residents free coffee seedlings as an incentive to encourage farmers embrace the cash crop.
Speaking during the launch of the distribution of free seedlings at Kaptagat Ward Ainabkoi Subcounty, Deputy Governor H.E Daniel Chemno said the administration has been sensitising farmers on the need to diversify and avoid over-reliance on maize farming.
The Deputy Governor accompanied by CEC Agriculture, Mr. Samuel Yego, toured the farms that had been previously given the seedlings and were pleased with the outstanding performance of the crop in the area.
“Good coffee husbandry matters. The choice of seedlings and matching them with the best agronomical zone plays a big role in production.” Noted the Deputy Governor.
Mr. Yego commended that vibrant reforms that have been implemented in Kenya’s coffee sector which have encouraged smallholders to cultivate the cash crop with renewed vigour.
Currently, the coffee seedlings are given to farmers through their cooperatives and this has also helped in revival of stalled cooperative societies in the County.
“While on average a good farmer will harvest about 10kg of coffee per stem annually, if well-tended to some of the stems give up to 20kg in the same period if well taken care of.” Said Yego.
Rebby Kosgei Maina, a beneficiary of the first lot is a happy farmer saying she currently harvests 10kg from one tree and a kilo goes for ksh. 500. This encouraged her to add more trees on her farm from 200 to 500 trees.
The Sub-County set to receive the first batch of the coffee seedlings are Ainabkoi , Turbo, Moiben and Kapseret respectively.