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Empowering Kenya’s Coffee Farmers: Resumption of Nairobi Auction Marks New Era of Reform and Prosperity.

Revolutionizing the coffee sector: Nairobi Coffee Exchange auction resumes as part of transformative reforms.

The sun is rising on a new era for coffee farmers in Kenya as the Nairobi Coffee Exchange auction reopens its doors. This momentous event marks a critical milestone in the ongoing reforms within the coffee sector. With a firm resolve to dismantle the influence of cartels that have infiltrated the industry, the government is steering the ship toward brighter horizons for the coffee community.

Breaking the Chains: Empowering Coffee Farmers

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s stern message to the cartels echoes loud and clear – their days of exploiting hardworking farmers are numbered. The dignity of those who toil in the fields, only to receive meager returns, is being restored. The coffee sector is shedding its past and embracing a future where coffee reclaims its status as black gold.

The closure of trading at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) marked the beginning of a transformative journey. Now, with the reopening of the NCE, the wheels of progress are in motion once more. Trading is set to resume under a new regulatory framework, promising fairer outcomes for coffee farmers.

Innovative Solutions for a Resilient Future

To enhance transparency and efficiency, the NCE has partnered with Co-operative Bank to introduce the Direct Settlement System (DSS) technology platform. This state-of-the-art platform promises to revolutionize coffee trading. By ensuring that the coffee trading journey is guided by transparency, the Capital Markets Authority has played a pivotal role in reshaping the sector.

The significance of this reform journey cannot be overstated. The entry of farmer-owned coffee brokerage companies onto the trading floor is a game-changer. This move embodies the government’s commitment to empowering the very heart of the coffee industry – the farmers themselves.

A Path Forward: Support and Sustainability

As the NCE resumes its auction activities, the call echoes far and wide: let us stand with the farmers. The new dawn in the coffee sector is a beacon of hope for thousands of Kenyans directly and indirectly dependent on this sub-sector. The transformative reforms are not just about enhancing productivity; they are about safeguarding the rights of coffee consumers while uplifting the growers.

With the support of all stakeholders, from local buyers to international traders, the coffee sector is poised for an era of prosperity. As the coffee sector rebounds from a challenging period, the resilience of the coffee community shines brightly.

Looking Ahead: A Vision of Growth

The commitment to boosting coffee production from 51,000 metric tonnes to 81,000 metric tonnes by 2024, and subsequently to an astounding 260,000 tonnes by 2027, showcases a resolute dedication to growth. This vision is not just about statistics; it’s about the livelihoods of countless farmers who are the backbone of the coffee industry.

In the grand tapestry of Kenya’s coffee sector, this resurgence at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange serves as a testament to the power of collective action and transformative reforms. As the aroma of freshly brewed Kenyan coffee fills the air, it carries with it the promise of a thriving, sustainable, and empowered coffee sector.

The Original Article was written by MARTIN MWITA for The Star

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