Kenya’s New Baringo Mill Idle Due to Shortage in Supplies

A Sh100 million coffee mill in Baringo County, Kenya, remains idle three months after it was commissioned.

Baringo Cha Coffee Mill at Katimok in Baringo North was established by the county government in partnership with Korean investors.

Agriculture Executive Joel Koima said while the factory has the capacity to process 1.2 tonnes of berries per hour, local farmers are yet to start producing enough to sustain it.

The annual production of berries in the region stands at 100 tonnes, which Koima said is not sufficient to sustain the factory.

The county administration in collaboration with the Korean partners are already recruiting for senior positions.

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Last month, the county government distributed 100,000 coffee seedlings, fertiliser and pulping machines to farmers in Baringo South, Eldama Ravine, Mogotio and Baringo Central in its bid to boost production.

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