The County Assembly of Murang’a and an Italian firm have signed a deal to allow five farmer cooperative societies to sell their produce in Italy.
The development came after a research tour was conducted and the coorperative societies’ management signed a memorandum of understanding with Ibarico Sri Italy.
The societies include: Thikagiki, Kinogerama, New Gatanga, Gatunyu Kigio and Kanyenyaini.
in the deal, Farmers will be trained at a cost of Sh 358,344,000 to enable them produce the best quality for the Italian Market and allow certification from regulatory bodies to ensure Muranga coffee finds a niche in the export market.
According to Charles Kahoro, the Assembly Agriculture committee chairman, Muranga farmers’ co-operative union signed the agreement on behalf of the cooperatives based in Gatanga and Kangema sub-counties between September 24 and October 6.
he said, “The cooperation between the Italian firm and the five societies is an indomitable interrelation that will improve quality of coffee grown in the region. It will also raise demand, hence better prices for the farmers.”
“The county assembly should help farmers get better prices for their produce to end decades of poor returns,” said Amos Murigi, a farmer.