President William Ruto’s agenda of empowering Kenya’s farmers is picking up, with the latest revelations by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua indicating the Kenya Kwanza government intends to write off all debts owed by coffee cooperative societies.

Speaking on Wednesday in Muranga County, while commissioning Murang’a Farmers coffee mill, the DP revealed he is leading discussions with the Ministry of Cooperatives among other relevant stakeholders to scrutinize debts owed by farmers aligned to various cooperative societies.

”Our farmers should expect good news from the talks we are going to have. The president has good will towards reviving the coffee sector and one way of doing so is to write off all the loans owed by farmers,” the DP said.

The exercise should be done within the next 21 days.

The DP also revealed the availability of the cherry advance fund, currently at Sh. 4 billion, and aims to support coffee farmers to increase production.

The money is available to all coffee farmers. Not just those supplying their coffee through the New Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU).

Coffee farmers will also be able to access subsidized fertilizer at their cooperative society within less than one month.

Two months ago, the Ruto government confirmed it had initiated payment of about Sh6.94 billion which is owed to farmers and staff of the sugar companies.