Kenyan coastal county to construct US$5.6m fruit processing plant
KENYA – The coastal county of Kenya, Kwale has broken ground for the construction of the second phase of the sh.600 million (US$5.6m) fruit processing plant in Shimba Hills.
According to reports by Kenyan News Agency, the construction of the fruit-processing plant started last year and will proceed in phases until completion next year.
The Governor of Kwale County, Salim Mvurya assured the people of Kwale that his administration is committed to accomplish all flagship projects aimed at uplifting the livelihoods of residents.
He further urged farmers from Kubo South ward and nearby areas to cultivate more fruit producing plants, saying that soon the fruit-processing plant project under implementation will be ready to start operations.
“Soon this project will be completed and it will require fruits from nearby farms for it to operate fully. I therefore urge you to start cultivating fruit producing plants now so that you benefit once the project is operational,” he said.
Earlier in the year, Makueni County in Eastern Kenya entered the ready to drink juice market after the arrival of the second fruit juice processing line at the Makueni Fruit Processing factory in Kalamba town.
The new line has the capacity to produce 8,000 litres per hour and refine ready to drink juice.
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