Machakos Co-operative Union in partnership with the World Fair trade organization- Africa and Middle East invites you to a coffee testing experience that will be held at the Gelian Hotel Machakos on the 28th March 2019
Machakos Co-operative union has acquired a coffee roaster thanks to partnership with Fairtrade Africa and Weeffect. This is in line with the Unions strategic plan and is geared to value addition. It is envisaged that the new plant will roaster coffee under the Lower Eastern Coffee mill( LECOM) both for local consumption and international markets.
The Lecom branded coffee which also sales under the FairTrade Label will soon be in the local outlets, supermarkets and the international market.
The union will also be establishing coffee houses within the town and a possible expansion to the major cities.
Structural developments are underway and the machine, at high seas, will be installed during the month of match 2019 and operations expected to start by April 2019
Machakos Co-operative union which featured in the just concluded Agricultural Show the south eastern Branch scooped several awards of excellence after being the best overall stand in this years presentation.
The union scooped best overall first prize in three different categories and second best in two more categories.
Bee keeping is picking pace in the unions societies with the introduction of more than 500 bee hives in both coffee societies and women groups.
A total of more than 500 kgs of honey is expected to be harvested at the close of this year. The bee keeping project is in line with the unions initiative to ensure food security and as well as product diversification within its societies.
With support by development partners such as We effect, the union has sourced the bee hives for the societies and has continued to offer training support to the farmer on bee keeping, harvesting and local processing of the honey.
Plans are underway to revive the honey processing plant at the union.
Mcu in partnership with development partners have introduced improved chicken / poultry projects in all the coffee co-operative societies under the union. This is one of the projects aimed at product diversification and a food security initiative to the society members.
Farmers collect improved chicks from the society where through the projects, incubators have been placed at the societies and improved eggs are being hatched. The farmers collect the chicks at a very reasonable price. This chicks are fast growing, disease resistant and weigh more than the local breeds.
You can visit Mwateti, Kilalani, musilili fcs for samples.
-Mcu in partnership with our development partners in both the Climate change project, CPME project and PECE project have aided construction of more than 500 Energy saving stoves/ jikos in various homes for the women groups. This is in line with the unions strategy to conserve the environment as a climate change adaptation.
We call on more partners to join us in this worthy course.
MCU Coffee Farms set to become demonstration farms in the county
Revamped efforts by the senior management staff of the union have seen drastic transformation of the coffee farms and yields are expected to double both in quantity and quality.
The vision of the union is to establish the farms as demonstration farms for the coffee farmers within the county.