Kenya’s coffee production and yields increased in 2019 following the government and counties’ distribution of free tree seedlings. But the biggest cause of farmers’ flight from coffee has been prices too low for smallholders’ survival. However, value addition, by processing beans on the farm, can lift the value of small-hold coffee crops six-fold.
In 2014, The Nation cited coffee farmer Grace Mwangi as processing the beans from 8 acres and earning over Sh30,000 per 50kg compared with little more than Sh5,000 for 50kg of raw beans. The kind of coffee pulper Grace was using can be bought for as little as Sh100,000, although the price depends on its size. But this kind of pricing makes coffee pulping an upgrade that pays for itself rapidly.
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According to the 2020 Economic Survey the average coffee yield in 2019 was 347 kgs per hectare, meaning that a single hectare’s crop would generate an extra Sh175,000 in just one season through being processed on the farm, covering the cost of a pulper with just one crop.
Below are the contacts and prices being offered by some of the country’s leading suppliers of coffee pulp machines:
Modtec Engineering Kenya
Models: Jua Kali
Price: Sh100,000 to Sh450,000, complete unit coffee pulping machine and yearly services,
Features: High speed, single and double disk, manual, and electrical
Models: locally made
Price: Sh120,000 – Sh180,000
Features: The primary unit has a capacity of 1,200KGS/HR of coffee cherry. Various model have up-to 5,000KG/HR of coffee cherry. Comes with either engine or electric motors. Uses petrol or electricity.
P.O. Box 64548-00620, Nairobi, Kenya
McKinnon Machines Kenya
Model: McKinnon from India
Price: Sh130,000 – Sh6m depending on capacity
Features: Min disk, Engine Motor, and manual
Contacts: 0722957051, 0733957138
Marina Machineries (K) Ltd.
Price: Sh175,000 – Sh300,000
Features: Multi disks
020541785, 020553272, 020556685
0726155855, 0733635172, 0722857072
Waynays Africa Ltd
Models: Penagos from Colombia
Price: Sh200,000 – Sh600,000
Features: Single face Motor
P.O. Box 7556-01000 Thika
Bewa Plaza, Muindi Mbingu, Thika Town.
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