President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again extended the term of the team formed to investigate the problems in the sector and also align the sub-sector’s regulations with the Constitution. Through the task force, suggestions on how to protect growers rights along the value chain were also to be proposed.
Announcing the new extension of the Coffee Sector Implementation Committee through the gazette notice, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the new one year extension is with effect from the 10th October, 2018.
The term which first expired in May this year was extended to October 9th.
The committee was formed to implement the findings of a taskforce that recommended ways of revamping the struggling sector. It is expected to coordinate and provide strategic leadership in implementation of the coffee sub-sector reforms.
They are also expected to develop a road map and action plan for the revival of the sector that focuses on production, value addition and marketing.
Farmers had contested the recommendations proposed by the taskforce committee formed last year by the President leading to a delay of the implementation of the reforms.
The coffee implementation committee is also required to review the current regulatory framework for the sector and propose changes to align it to the current and future needs.
They are also expected to perform other functions necessary to ensure effective coordination of the ongoing coffee reforms and realization of its objectives.
The new gazette notice says that the Principal Secretary for State Department of Co-operatives Mr. Ali Noor Ismail shall be the Co-Chairperson of the Implementation Committee. The other chair is Prof Joseph Kieyah.
It added that the Committee shall be domiciled in the Executive Office of the President and is expected to submit monthly reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Co-operatives and quarterly reports to His Excellency the President.