December 12th 2017

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Governor Ngilu tours Makueni's fruit plant in bench-marking tour

She described the Makueni plant as a social-economic transformation initiative for the region. The plant has since its launch processed 30,135 litres of mango concentrate.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 02 Dec 2017 20:50 EAT

The governor is taken around some facilities at the factory.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu yesterday toured Makueni County Fruit Processing Plant to find out more about the pace of production and needs of the facility as she seeks to replicate its success in Kitui County.

The benchmarking tour to the plant comes as she marshals resources to establish a chain of factories to create wealth in Kitui County. 

She described the Makueni plant as a social-economic transformation initiative for the region. The plant has since its launch processed 30,135 litres of mango concentrate. 

Talks between The Makueni Fruit Processing Plant Authority and several companies are at an advanced stage for long term business partnerships, which will see them buy the Kalamba factory puree. These are: Victoria Juices Kenya, Tropical Brands Africa and Brava Food Industries.

The authority is also reaching out to Coca-Cola Company and the Thika-based Del Monte for possible partnerships. 

Besides mango processing, Mrs Ngilu plans to build a tannery, a shoe factory to utilize Kitui skins and garments factory and a milk plant to add value to raw resources.

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