Gatundu South lawmaker Moses Kuria has received a confirmation note from the Speaker of the National Assembly, JB Muturi, that his Coffee Bill 2018 has been accepted, and will be passed on to the next step.
"The journey has started. Never again shall we export raw, unprocessed, unpacked or unbranded coffee from Kenya. Thank you Hon JB Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly for approving the first step," said Moses Kuria in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
If passed into law, the Coffee Bill 2018 will see Kenya export fully processed coffee and not in raw beans form.
Kiambu residents have lauded the move, noting that the law will be a sigh of relief for coffee farmers. Here are some of their comments:
Petrick Mogoh said: "This must be a masterpiece for coffee farmers.... instead of Waiguru spending 2bn for sewerage systems in Kirinyaga, she should be thinking in this line... HOW TO PUT A SHILLING IN COMMON MAN'S POCKET."
Goro Karanja said: "Let's hope the bill has a component on the minimum pay to the farmers. Otherwise, our coffee farmers will suffer like our macadamia or is it cashew nuts for whom no export of raw nuts is allowed yet the govt hasn't set up a processing plant."
Patrick Kariuki said: "Good mheshimiwa. Kindly educate your colleague from Nyeri town the obligations of an MP if not a leader. He was elected to uplift the lives of Nyeri town residents not to pick the next President for them."
Higgarly Wanjohi said: "That's OK but remember the same happened to cashew nuts. William Ruto in 2009 who at the time was Minister for Agriculture did the same to cashew nuts. Today cashew nuts in Tanzania are gold while in Kenya it's heading nowhere. Farmers in Kilifi are crying to the govt to lift the ban, the same will happen to coffee in future."
Francis Nganga said: "I agree with you muhesh. I would be happy to buy Kenyan coffee in Australia just like Kericho gold ketepa. Thanks for ua initiative."
Dan Kariuki said: "That's de way to go. Sure this is a life-changing idea that will change the lives of thousands of coffee farmers, mimi mwenyewe included."
Patrick Nganga said: "U r on the right path towards the emancipation of coffee farmer's from poverty coz with value addition the prices would add as well thus increasing farmers earnings...keep on n don't waver."
Chris Chris said: "Hon Moses push this amendment to conclusion and million of coffee farmers will enjoy the fruits of their labour. Kudos."
David Gachoka said: "Thanks a lot MK.Wallai am heading back to gichagi...I smell good returns from coffee in the near future."
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