The County Government of Nakuru is committed to revitalizing the local coffee industry, aiming to unlock its full economic potential for the benefit of residents. Mr. Kibet Kurgat, the Cooperative’s Chief Officer, emphasized that achieving this goal involves strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders to identify areas of focus for growth. Governor Susan Kihika’s passion for supporting cooperatives, particularly those in the coffee sector, underscores the county’s commitment to optimizing the value chain and maximizing the crop’s economic benefits.
Mr. Kurgat conveyed this vision during a meeting with members of the Bahati Specialty Coffee Growers Cooperative Society (BSCGCS), who paid him a courtesy call. Led by George Talaam, the MCA Kabazi ward, the society outlined measures to enhance the sector, including the need to fully equip processing factories in three sub-counties: Rongai, Subukia, and Bahati.
Discussions also covered key areas such as capacity building, marketing strategies, and the adoption of new farming practices to address challenges within the sector. Mr Samwel Nene, Chair of BSCGCS, expressed gratitude to the county administration for providing a platform that aims to restore the pride and dignity of those involved in the coffee industry. The Bahati Specialty Coffee Growers Cooperative Society comprises farmers from Bahati, Subukia, and Rongai sub-counties, bringing together individuals with varying coffee farm sizes, ranging from small parcels to larger 5-acre farms.