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Kenyan govt pushes to increase domestic roasting

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry has encouraged coffee farmers to link up with foreign partners to help build the country’s coffee exports. Kenya’s coffee exports have halved in the past three decades, totaling 660,000 60-kilogram bags, according to figures from the International Coffee Organization. The Kenyan Agriculture Ministry predicts that the amount of coffee roasted locally will increase by up to 10 per cent per annum over the next five years. In one of the country’s main growing growing regions, the Othaya Farmers Co-operative is installing a roasting machine and a grinder at a cost of about $500,000 to produce packed coffee for local retail and future export. Danish company African Coffee Roasters is one of the newest entrants to the Kenyan market, setting up a roasting facility in the East African nation earlier this year.

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