Home Counties Nyeri Coffee farmers in Nyeri vow to boycott harvesting crop Thursday January 14 2016 email print Coffee farmers attend a special general meeting of the Barichu Farmers Co-operative Society in Nyeri on July 22, 2014. Some Nyeri coffee farmers have threatened to boycott harvesting the crop until the president tackles the corrupt cartels exposed by the Nation in 2015. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary The farmers plan to hold a national meeting on January 15 to deliberate on whether to proceed with the boycott.They want the government, through President Kenyatta, to take action against coffee cartels that were exposed by the Nation last month. Advertisement By BONIFACE MWANGI More by this Author Some Nyeri coffee farmers have vowed to make good on their threat to boycott harvesting their crop until President Uhuru Kenyatta ends corruption in the sector.The farmers, who have held several closed-door meetings in the county, want the President to tackle the vice in the sector as soon as he ends his tour of the Coast region.According to one of the coffee farmers from Mathira, Mr Harrison Munyi, several growers spread across the region have started the boycott.NATIONAL MEETINGThe farmers plan to hold a national meeting on Friday to deliberate on whether to proceed with the boycott.“Everything is in place and we are ready to hold the meeting in Murang’a on Friday. However, this will depend on whether the President would have responded to our cries,” said Mr Munyi. Related Content Farmers can cast off the chains of slavery New coffee rules to do away with double licensing MPs back coffee harvest boycott threat in Nyeri From black gold to dust: The bitter truth According to the farmers, the President had responded well to the land issue at the Coast and the protest by Evangelical churches in the country.Now, they want the government, through Mr Kenyatta, to take action against coffee cartels that were exposed by the Nation last month.Mr Augustine Wachira and Ms Teresia Waithera, who have both embarked on the boycott, are pleading with the President to handle the matter with the urgency it deserves.“I am now 67 but I can clearly remember the days when coffee was known as black gold.“This was the time my parents sent us to school using money from coffee sales. This isn’t the case anymore,” said Ms Waithera.She said a coffee farmer is supposed to earn Sh300 or more per kilogramme of produce he or she delivers to a miller.Even as some farmers have begun the boycott, the Nyeri County government said a better harvest had been recorded compared with last year. email print Related Stories Tue Nov 17 01:59:00 EAT 2015 Farmers can cast off the chains of slavery Two cooperatives overcame great obstacles to secure milling and agent licences, opening a door of opportunity for members who now earn more from their labour. Wed Nov 18 22:59:58 EAT 2015 New coffee rules to do away with double licensing Fri Jan 01 01:59:00 EAT 2016 MPs back coffee harvest boycott threat in Nyeri Sun Nov 15 19:34:39 EAT 2015 From black gold to dust: The bitter truth Tue Dec 22 08:04:00 EAT 2015 Former KPCU boss blames Nyagah for sector’s problems Tue Nov 17 01:59:00 EAT 2015 Case to lock out rogue coffee traders and cartels In the headlines The transformation of Ababu and Karua Once some of the fiercest critics of Uhuru and Ruto, LPK and Narc-Kenya leaders are now in Election 2017: Who will be president? Some are career politicians, others are teachers, one recently returned from the US, and another Prosecutors want Boniface Mwangi arrested Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies The rise and fall of Noriega May, Corbyn clash over Brexit Waiguru seeks to block lifestyle audit JUST BRENDA: My girlfriend can't cook, help!