Training of Technicians on Coffee Processing and Composting at Coffee Research Institute- Ruiru
To reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and improve soil fertility, the project trained forty-two factory managers and eight staff on coffee processing and composting techniques. The objective of the training was to equip the trainers with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively train other factory technicians and farmers within their respective coffee societies. By cascading the acquired knowledge, the aim is to improve cherry management practices, enhance coffee processing methods, and promote the composting of coffee waste in local coffee production.
Throughout the five-day training program, participants had the opportunity to visit both the dry mill and wet mill facilities as part of learning tours. These visits provided practical exposure to post-harvest techniques in Coffee production and familiarized the trainers with the cupping process.
A visit to the mill facility
As part of this move toward the adoption of ecologically friendly processes, the training will improve the knowledge and skills of technicians for the production of compost from the waste of coffee processing. Composting waste from coffee pulping and pruning residues contributes to the reduction of environmental pollution in rural areas and the promotion of eco-sustainable agriculture in the coffee value chain.