Small Scale Coffee Farming

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Information about Small Scale Coffee Farming

Published on September 16, 2014

Author: VirtualCityKe



How to boost small Scale Farming

All RIGHTs reserved COFFEE How to boost Small Scale Coffee Farming Automation plays a key Role Coffee is one of the major foreign exchange earners for Kenya and available records shows that about 6 million Kenyans are directly or indirectly employed through the coffee production channel. Indeed, the climate, geography, soil conditions of Kenya and good market demands are incentives Kenyan coffee farmers have, to continue to grow some of the world’s best coffee for economic reasons. Mobility Solutions See more Mobility Solution articles See more of our innovations. [VIRTUAL CITY LIMITED] Contact us today 0703091337

All RIGHTs reserved Presently, about 70% of coffee beans produced in Kenya are attributable to small scale farmers and they receive $5,500 US dollars per ton of Kenyan AA coffee beans produced at an average cost of $4,000 US dollars according to The Kenya Coffee Annual Report prepared by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and released May 15, 2012. Barriers to sustaining small scale coffee farming Though the current pricing recorded in May, 2012 may be a good incentive for small scale farmers to continue to produce high grade coffee beans yet the following challenges need to be addressed in order to boost small scale coffee farming in Kenya: 1. Manual weighing of coffee beans at the point of purchase does not guarantee accuracy and continual benefit to the small scale farmer. 2. Inaccuracies observed when reconciling factory records with farmers’ records 3. Cases of fraud as some factory clerks could manipulate records Proven Solutions that can Boost Small Scale Coffee Farming We live in an era where technology has provided proven solutions to nearly all challenges facing humanity, and the coffee industry has not been left out. Using technology automation and mobility computing solutions, you can easily account for coffee inputs supplied by each farmer and link results directly to each farmer’s account and thereafter deliver reports to the handheld devices of each farmer instantly. An effective produce purchase automation solution like the Virtual City’s Agrimanagr provides one of the best options for resolving the identified challenges that could truncate increased production of coffee in Kenya. The solution is designed to meet your specific business needs. A typical solution will provide accurate results of the weight of each coffee farmer’s produce supplied to the buying centre, details of the farmer and the amount of payments due. It will also deliver accurate records of all deliveries made by each farmer from month-to-date and provide a summary of all various weights collected at the various levels, of all coffee produce purchase transactions. Integrating automation and mobility solutions therefore provides immense benefits to both the farmer and the coffee produce collection centres.

All RIGHTs reserved Benefits of Automation to Coffee Collection Centres Automation will enable reduction in transaction time drastically as manual data entry and reconciliations will give way to electronic weight data collections and recording. Other benefits are: 1. Increased efficiencies at the collection centres leading to increased productivity 2. Reduction in fraud cases, since electronic records can’t be edited or deleted without proper authority. Also, no cases of ghost coffee farmers can be recorded, since the whole system is electronically structured. 3. The application provides easy learning curve and will upscale workers through improved knowledge and training. 4. Reduction in administrative costs. Overall, any system that ensures increased revenues for Kenya coffee farmers by guaranteeing that all produce supplied is recorded and paid for, will definitely boost small scale coffee farming in the country. For more information on Agrimanagr and how it can help your business, contact us today.

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