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How to Obtain Coffee Nursery Certificate in Kenya

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How to Obtain Coffee Nursery Certificate in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Sat Feb 2020 08:04am
Applicants can apply any time within the financial year for consideration and licensing.

Fill the Nursery Certificate Application Form and attach all the required documents.

When filling the application form, make sure the information is correct and also indicate whether it is an application for a new certificate or renewal of a certificate. Before submitting your application, make sure you have fulfilled all the requirements set by the Coffee Board of Kenya.

Submit in Person

Submission of applications to the Board by interested persons may be via the e- mail of the Board or by physical delivery to the Board premises in Nairobi or to the Boards County field Offices.

Submit Online

Visit APPLY LICENSE page for more information.

Certificate application forms downloadable from the Boards website and fees payable during submission of application forms. All enquiries should be directed to the Managing Director Coffee Board of Kenya.

Required Documents
A certified copy of title deed.
Individual National ID/Passport No, Pin Numbers and certificate of good conduct.
A sworn affidavit by the applicant of their involvement by themselves, their servants, spouses, next of kin, holding companies, associated companies, or partnerships in the business of commercial dealers, management agents, warehousemen, pulping station or marketing agents.
Suitable land site for establishment of a nursery.
Demonstrate adequate knowledge and technical competence in nursery management (training/experience).
Reliable source of clean water.
Accessibility of nursery site for inspection and materials transportation.
Clearance letter by the local co-operative society, whenever it applies.
Any other requirements that may be prescribed by the Board from time to time.
In addition, where the applicant is a company/society.
A certified copy of certificate of incorporation/registration (in case of companies/societies.
A certified copy of memorandum and articles of association.
A paid up share capital of not less than Kshs 300,000.
Names and addresses of two business referees.
Names of directors/officials.
Tax compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for the Company/Society or individuals as applicable.

Office Locations & Contacts
The Managing Director
Coffee Plaza
Exchange Lane
Off Haile Selassie Avenue
P.O. Box 30566-00100, Nairobi
Office Cell: +254 315755 / 342717
Direct Line: +254 342353
Mobile: +254 710670026 / 788109426
Coffee Board of Kenya County field Offices

Coffee Board of Kenya
Coffee Plaza Building, 10th Floor
Haile Selassie Avenue
PO BOX 30566 - 00100
Phone: +254 20 342717, +254 20 342358
Mobile: 0710 670 026, 0788109426
Send an email
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Growers who want to raise coffee planting materials (seedlings) for own planting or for sale for commercial gain.

Application Fee KShs. 1000/= Non refundable

Certificate Fee Kshs. 1,000/= renewal annual

One Year

Documents to Use
Nursery Certificate Application Form

Processing Time
90 days

Agency: Coffee Board of Kenya

Contact Office: Senior Executive Officer

Resolution Criteria: Approved by board of Directors

Required Information
Personal Information
Name of Applicant
Where the applicant is a company or co-operative society, supply the Board with:
A certified copy of certificate of incorporation/registration;
A certified copy of memorandum and articles of association/ constitution;
Names and address of Directors.
Nursery Information
Sub location
L.R No/Plot No
Nursery Category

Need for the Document
This is a certificate issued to a grower who want to raise coffee planting materials (seedlings) for own planting or for sale for commercial gain.

Information which might help
Coffee board of Kenya is the industry regulator of the Kenyan Coffee industry. Among its functions is to carry out licensing of coffee nurseries, growers, pulping stations, millers, marketing agents, management agents, buyers, roasters, packers, warehousemen and auctioneers to ensure adherence to standards.

To this endeavour the board has put in place measures and procedures for applicants to follow for one to be licensed as an industry player.

Terms and conditions

A nursery certificate shall not be transferable
Coffee materials for raising planting materials shall only be issued by the coffee Research Foundation or its authorized agents
Nursery certificate holders shall remit returns to the Board at such frequency and such format as prescribed by the Board
A Nursery certificate shall be renewable by 30th June of every year upon payment of the renewal fees
A nursery operator shall maintain adequate records on site
A nursery operator shall facilitate inspections whenever conducted
The Board reserves the right to withdraw the license

Other uses of the Document/Certificate
Authorizes the holder to raise coffee planting materials (seedlings) for own planting or for sale for commercial gain

External Links
Coffee Board of Kenya

The Coffee Act, Cap 333

Guidelines for Coffee License Applications

Service Charter

Nursery Certificate

The Coffee Board of Kenya is the apex body for the coffee industry, established in 1934 after the enactment of the coffee industry ordinance in 1933. The Board was charged with the responsibility to carry out regulation and marketing of coffee. The auctions as a mode of selling Kenya coffee was established in 1934 and created in 1935 to enhance quality assessment through the grading. This role has changed over time through various amendments to the law. In 2001, the coffee Act cap 333 was repeated and the coffee Act No. 9 of 2001 enacted, establishing the Board as a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture, solely to regulate the coffee industry.

The object and purpose for which the Board is established is to promote competition in the coffee industry, production, processing and value addition including branding of Kenya coffee locally and internationally, and generally to regulate the coffee industry in the public interest. The following general objectives form the basis for the Boards activities:

To formulate policies and rules to regulate and develop the coffee industry in the consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture.
To carry out registration and licensing of coffee nurseries, growers, pulping stations, millers, marketing agents, management agents, buyers, roasters, packers, warehousemen and auctioneers to ensure adherence to standards.
Provide advisory services related to coffee production and quality enhancement.
Collect, collate, analyze data, maintain a database on the coffee industry and document and monitor it through registration of persons dealing with coffee.
Advise and guide Coffee Research Foundation in the carrying out of research in all matters related to the coffee industry.
Representing the Government in international for a in regards to coffee matters.
Arbitrate in case of any disputes in the industry.
Carry out other functions aimed at the promotion of the industry.


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