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    By George Munene

    Kenya is looking to increase its coffee exports to South Korea by 10 -11 tonnes. 

    "At South Korea's 2021 Coffee Expo there was an interest in additional orders of up to 11 tons of our coffee from Korean coffee cooperatives. This reaffirmed the market's affinity for Kenyan coffee," said Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina.

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    Speaking after Kenya's maiden appearance at the four-day event held in South Korea's capital Seoul, she added that the ministry was in talks with the Korean government to either remove or reduce the eight per cent tax imposed on Kenyan coffee.

    The duty disadvantages Kenya's coffee exports, which compete with Least Developed Countries that enjoy duty-free access.

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    According to the Coffee report 2021, Kenya exported 46,333 metric tons of coffee in the 2019/20 coffee year-- the equivalent Sh 22 billion in earnings. 

    Kenya currently exports 12 per cent of its coffee to the East Asian nation.

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    Cashew nut

    By George Munene

    Centum Investment PLC has kicked off the construction of a Sh1 billion cashew nut processing plant at Vipingo, Kilifi County. The factory is scheduled to be operationalised by the first quarter of 2022 and will have a processing capacity of over 6,000 tons of raw nuts offering a market to farmers who have been forced to turn to other crops after the state-owned Kilifi Cashewnut Ltd closed its doors 30 years ago.

    Despite cashew nuts being highly prized in the international market--a kilogram goes for Sh950--its farming in Kenya has declined precipitously since the closure of the processing factory in 1990.

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    The factory constructed at Vipingo Development Limited's manufacturing hub will buy cashews from thousands of farmers in the coast to supplement raw nuts obtained from the 200-acre Vipingo Development cashew nut plantation.

    “Signing up coastal farmers for supply of raw nuts will guarantee the minimum supply threshold for an all-year operation.

    The packaged nuts will be sold to both local and international buyers, especially targeting markets with the highest returns," pointed out Vipingo Development Limited managing director Ken Mbae in a press release.

    The factory's construction at Vipingo Industrial Park will provide close proximity to the port. This will save on transport costs for imported raw materials, enabling the selling of finished products at a discount.

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    Vipingo Development Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Centum Investment PLC and is behind the transformation of the former 10,000-acre Rea Vipingo sisal plantation into an urban node comprising residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality, health care and school districts.

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    cassava 2

    By George Munene

    Kagoka Foods, an Agritech startup, and social enterprise is partnering with small-scale farmers to promote the growing of tuber, root, and banana crops in Kenya by giving them a market for yams, arrow roots, pumpkins, sweet potato, and bananas.

    The company has a focus on promoting the growing, processing, value addition, packaging, and marketing of indigenous, high-value traditional and other food crops. These include pumpkins, arrow roots, cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, and bananas.

    For farmers to qualify as Kagoka Foods Limited growers they will need to be registered and have the quality of their farm produce confirmed.

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    Harvesting from farmers is done through a controlled process that avoids losses. The produce is then weighed and farmers are receipted. Delivery vans pick up produce which are efficiently delivered to warehouses for processing and packing before orders are prepared readied for dispatch. Through their easy-to-use marketplace app website (kagoka foods), and app (androidappsap kagoka-foods), vendors and consumers are able to easily place their orders. The produce is then delivered to the client’s doorstep free of charge. 

    These cheap and organized logistics help bridge the gaps between small-scale farmers and the wide urban market platform delivering to clients through efficient and timely processes.

    The company is based on Kagoka Avenue Golf View Court, Kenyatta Road Estate off Thika Road, Nairobi. It also links small-scale farmers, women, and youth farmers providing a channel for them to sell their produce to local vendors, hypermarkets, and the export market while creating job opportunities. This ensures fair, transparent, and market competitive prices for their pool of farmers which raises their incomes. 

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    Small scale farmers interested in partnership can email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SMS on 0780407558 for additional details.

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