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COFFEE VARIETIES PRODUCED AND MARKETED IN KENYA
All Kenyan traditional commercial coffee varieties (SL28, SL34 & K7) have their lineage from French mission coffee. Coffee farmers established prior to 1930’s are generally French mission. French mission coffee on the other hand is bourbon derivative and therefore by extension, the traditional Kenyan coffee varieties have bourbon in their pedigree.
Blue Mountain is also as old in Kenya as French mission coffee. There are many farms in Kisii including CRF substation with blue mountain coffee.
The main commercially grown varieties con be described as follows: Read more
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COFFEE INDUSTRY POLICY REFORMS IN KENYA
Since October 1992, a number of policy reforms have been made in the coffee industry aimed at improving farmers’ incentives and thereby increase their control of the sub sector. The reforms have been undertaken gradually in phases with an objective of having minimal disruption of coffee production, processing and marketing. Furthermore, most of the reforms have been initiated and implemented after broad consultations between the government, Coffee Board of Kenya (CBK), farmers and other stakeholders in the industry. In October 1992 CBK was mandated to conduct the Nairobi coffee auction in US dollars. Read more
Coffee Growing Areas in Kenya
BUNGOMA, KAKAMEGA & VIHIGA
These are coffee growing counties in western Kenya that lies on the foothills of Mt. Elgon (Elevation: 4,321m).
ALTITUDE: The altitude ranges from a low of 1,500 to a high of 1,950 meters above sea level.
RAINFALL: Annual average of approximately 1514mm
VARIETIES: SL 28; SL 34, RUIRU 11 and Batian.
AREA UNDER COFFEE: Approx 6,900ha:- Almost all production is on small holder farms comprising of 39 active co-operative societies with a total membership of over 38,000 coffee growers.
ESTIMATED ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 34mt for Estates and in excess of 1,300mt for smallholders.
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