Kalamba fruit processing plant to begin making fruit juice

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Trucks carrying the new fruit processing plant arrive at Kalamba fruit processing plant Friday. The county is set to commence manufacture of fresh fruit juices by July 2020. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

The Kalamba Fruit processing plant in Makueni is set to begin making ready to drink fruit juices by July 2020. This is according to Agriculture, Fisheries, and Livestock Development CECM Robert Kisyula who spoke to the media Friday as the County received a fruit processing plant purchased from Europe.

According to Kisyula, the new plant has a capacity of up to 8,000 litres per hour and will result In value addition of mangoes from the county as it will produce ready to drink juices unlike in the past where they have been producing puree and selling it to juice making companies such as Delmonte Kenya.

“Those who know where we started, we began with mango puree and we have had to sell it to those that make Juice such as Delmonte as we did not have the capacity to make juice. With the new plant that we have received today, we will be able to make and package juice.” Kisyula said.

“Before July we will be able to make our own Makueni juice. This plant can make other fruit juices such as oranges, avocados, tomatoes etc. We want to have a minimum price for every tomato grown in Makueni as per the vision 2025 and County Integrated Development plan.” The CECM assured.

Kenyans in social media showered the County Government with praises on the acquisition of the new plant.

Bernard Mutuku said, ” Kudos our Governor keep making Makueni great each and every day.”

Wycliff Kims said, We never see the end results (Manufactured products).That is what matters my Governor. You won’t even have to post here,it will speak of your good development track. Focus on that.”

Jeff Mweu said, “Tuendelee Vivyo hivo lakini next season County inunue maembe kwa Bei nzuri.”

Silas Mugeria said, “If every governor were to live the devolution spirit and aspiration like Gov Kibwana Kenya would attain exponential growth thereby resolving the myriad economic issues facing the country. Prof is truly a people centred leader.”

“Good work governor. The economic independence expected to be generated by the initiative is worth the effort. Raw mango prices in the market was already up this season.” Zedekiah Cherugut added.

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