FARMERS URGED TO ADOPT SOLAR COFFEE DRYING TECHNOLOGY
Parliamentary Committee member on Trade and Industry Joseph Ngugi Nduati briefing the media at Mushagara Coffe factory, Kirinyaga East Sub-County on the need to adopt solar coffee bean drying technology yesterday . He is flaked by the society Director Samuel Kirii.
Coffee farmers will soon start ripping big after cutting significantly on the cost of drying the bean on adoption of solar drying technology .
According to the a farmer who is familiar with the technology, Kirii, it reduces to a maximum of three in a factory hitherto managed by about 20 such attendants.
Kirii told a Parliamentary Committee on Industry and Trade , solar coffee was the way to go in the sector.
Since coffee was introduced in the country farmers use drying tables which are wooden while the drying takes about a month or so .
Parliamentary Committee Chairman on Trade and Industry Joseph Ngugi Nduati inspecting a traditional coffee drying table at Mushagara Coffe factory Kirinyaga East Sub-County yesterday which will soon be replaced by the cost effective and efficient solar dryiers
The process , according to Samuel Kirii , ends up with dried coffee beans which have dust , bird droppings and un-uniformed drying due to weather variations hence losing quality .
While briefing his colleagues at Mucagara coffee factory , Kirinyaga East sub –county yesterday in the presence of the committee , Kirii said the technology will usher in the highest quality beans in the market .
“There will be uniformity in the dried beans, dust free and also free from any other foreign bodies and impurities which are associated in the traditional drying ,”he said.
Gichugu MP Gichimu Githinji and member of parliamentary Committee on Industry and Trade talking to the media at Mushagara Coffe factory after getting a nod from the farmers to push for the adoption of solar powered coffee dryers yesterday.
Kirii who is also the Director for the Factory which is an affiliate of the Baragwe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society said even the lighting systems for all the factories should be solar as the sector gears to going green.
The Committee member Joseph Ngugi Nduati assured the farmers he will ensure their recommendations were fully met as a means to achieve the ongoing reforms in the sector.
Gichugu MP Gichimu Githinji who is also a member of the Committee and host said the adoption of the technology was overdue given the many advantages it has.
He said the system will only occupy a small space, “in fact less than an eight of the entire five acres factories use to dry their beans “ while the rest will now be put to other economic uses for the benefit of the farmers .
The Legislator assured farmers his Committee will do all it takes to see the technology was adopted with the government being impressed upon to subsidize on the initial costs .
The factory paid the highest rates in the country at Sh 128 per kilogram of cherry , the best ever in the history of the sector according to Kirii.