County, Partners Commissions Sh. 200M worth coffee milling factory
Baringo County Government in partnership Korean Agency (KOICA) has commissioned a Sh. 200 Million coffee pulp factory at Ossen in Baringo County.
Governor Mr. Benjamin Cheboi said the revival of Katimok Coffee mills factory was a historic achievement since it will be the first coffee in the entire North Rift region.
He said the processing of coffee in Baringo will greatly boost area coffee quality since it will not be mixed with low quality varieties from other counties.
“We are the first county to sell our coffee directly outside the country and already the Korean market is enjoying good quality as opposed to coffee milled in Mount Kenya and central factories,” said the government.
The governor further said the factory will create value addition which will create employment and improve the county’s economy.
“I am urging more farmers to take up coffee farming and join the cooperative societies to benefit from county subsidies like the 110,000 seedlings being distributed and also access pesticides,” urged the governor.
The county government is also in talks with other counties in the North Rift Business block to mill their coffee in Baringo so as to make the sector more productive.
He called on the leaders of the Tugen Hills Farmers cooperative Society who will run the factory to ensure openness and integrity in paying farmers for their dues so as to prevent the society from collapsing like others in the country.
He thanked the World Best Friends and KOICA for continued support in the agricultural and ICT sectors in the county.
By Benson Kelio and Christopher Kiprop