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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 17:10 GMT
Kenya plans coffee shake-up
Kenya coffee picker
Global oversupply has seen coffee prices fall
The coffee industry in Kenya is in line for a major shake up.

The government is to introduce new laws in early April to boost sales of coffee, one of the country's biggest exports.

Global oversupply has seen coffee prices slump, as many coffee growers across the developing world have produced too much coffee which they have simultaneously released into the world market.

Currently, the industry is marketed and regulated by Coffee Board of Kenya - now it appears that the marketing role will be adopted by the Kenya Planters' Co-Operative Union.

David Bogwa, spokesman for the Coffee Board of Kenya told the BBC's World Business Report: "Our organisation will not be doing any marketing, it will basically be a regulatory body. It is not possible to say what will happen...people are just putting their ideas together and looking to the future."

The Coffee Board of Kenya will continue to regulate the industry.

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"People are just putting their ideas together and looking to the future"
See also:

19 Oct 01 | Business
Coffee cartel shuts up shop
04 Dec 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: Kenya
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