By Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 05 June 2021…………...As one way of eliminating malpractices in the coffee industry which for many years left may farmers poor and counting loses , the County government of Kisii has started registering coffee farmers in the region bio metrically
Speaking during the launch of Biometric System Registration of farmers erly this week at Nyamache Coffee Farmers Society in Nyamache sub-county, Kisii County, Executive Member for Agriculture Esman Onsarigo noted that farmers’ details will be captured at the factory level and headquarters in Kisii town.
According to the CEC the system will help farmers to get all the details through their cell phones more so when they bring coffee berries to the factory from the farm, since they will be able to weigh the cherries and see how many kilos he has weighed in via an alert.
Onsarigo also said the system will enable the county government to know real coffee farmers, their number, location, and number of coffee trees they own in Kisii County.
Robert Kipng’etich, a biometric system consultant at Agmon International Firm urged coffee farmers in the region to turn up in large numbers with Identity cards or Huduma number cards for registration.
“Farmers should ensure that they have a working phone number and active bank account for registration to continue,” Kipng’etich added.
Agostino Kibwage, a coffee farmer, pleaded with the government to provide farmers with new coffee milling machines and tighten security to avoid regular coffee theft in Nyamache.
Kisii County is among the 23 counties picked for the coffee farmers digitization exercise which will run for three months.