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Coffee farmers hit as Nairobi auction close over COVID-19 pandemic

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Coffee farmers now have to wait until further directives to have something in their pockets.

Coffee farmers have been hit-hard following the Ministry of Health directive to close the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) last week as the government races to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The move will affect lots that had already been offered for sale during the auction with the impact trickling down to the long-suffering farmer.

NCE Chief executive officer Daniel Mbithi said the auction would not continue following the move and as it awaits further direction from the ministry on the way forward.

“The directive was issued last week by the Ministry of Health directing us to close the auction. We are waiting for further guidance from them but until then the auction remains shut,” said Mr Mbithi in an interview.

The closure comes after tea auction in Mombasa was temporarily closed.

Coffee farmers now have to wait until further directives to have something in their pockets.

Kenya sells over 95 percent of its coffee to the world market with Kenyans consuming a paltry five percent through local sale.

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