By Dan Nyamanga.
James Maganda, a banker with a national banking institution, has unveiled his coffee factory in his home village; Ekerenyo Ward Nyamira County which he says will help solve many issues which have bedeviled the coffee sector for decades.
During the opening ceremony attended by senior government officials recently, Maganda said that he came up with the idea so as to be aligned with the government’s agenda on manufacturing which he noted holds the future of many Kenyans especially the youth as a source of employment.
Maganda who is also a director at Sony Sugar Company said that the factory will help the coffee farmers realize the value of the crop and encourage others to embrace the sector to tea farming.
“By opening this factory here means that we are creating employment for our community and also improve the coffee farming which has for a long time been neglected in our area. We are focusing on making the coffee profitable and the growers realize the value for their sweat”, said Maganda.
“In three months, we are also setting up another factory to make briquettes and manufacture fertilizers from coffee pulps”, added Maganda.
On quality of coffee, Maganda said that the machine installed was capable of producing the best coffee compared to other factories across the country and that he was certain that his factory would compete with others in production of the best coffee.
“We are not going to compromise the standards and I want to assure our farmers that this factory will compete with other farmers across the country in producing the best quality of coffee.
The factory has installed the state of the art machine that will produce the best coffee like any other in
the country”, he added.
JM coffee factory, as it’s known, is capable of pulping 6000 kilograms per hour and works for six to eight hours a day.
“We will not have a problem with our machines we will have a problem with availability of coffee but we have put a very strategic plan and believe in the next two years, we will be having more than enough coffee for our factory”, he said.
Coffee farming in Nyamira has not had stable business since the collapse of societies and poor leadership.
Farmers have been incurring huge losses occasioned by theft of their berries stored at few existing societies and sometimes it has claimed lives of those in leadership in the sector.