NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29- The government has written off Sh2 billion coffee debts, in a move likely to boost the sector that has been characterised by poor pay and other challenges for farmers.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has made the announcement while he kicked off his development tour in Kirinyaga County, where he is also marketing the newly formed Jubilee Party.
“Now that we have now written off all the past coffee debts, we want farmers to head back to their lands and do the farming. In 2012, we promised to write off all the debts during a major coffee meeting here at Kerugoya Stadium, I’m proud to be back and honour the promise.”
Coffee farming is largely practiced in the Mount Kenya region, but has seen a major setback in the past a few years due to the debts.
President Kenyatta who is accompanied by area leaders among them Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua has urged farmers to collect title deeds they had offered as security.
The two-day tour has not only seen several projects launched in the area largely seen as a Jubilee stronghold but the President has used it to dismiss the opposition, saying its agenda was only to resist Jubilee’s major projects.