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Japanese company strike deal to make fertilizer from water hyacinth in Lake Naivasha

“The earlier allocation of land meant for the expansion of the sewer system in Naivasha has been declared null and void and we are seeking those behind the illegal deal,” he said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:10 EAT

A Japanese company has struck a partnership with Nakuru County government to transform water hyacinth week in Lake Naivasha into fertilizer. County chief environment officer Dr Nelson Maara, says the investors had visited the lake and expressed its interest in the project, before the company and the County government agreed to work together.

He expressed concern with the rate at which the weed was spreading and stated there was urgent need to address the menace through mechanical harvesting.

"The Japanese firm has shown interest in funding the hyacinth project which would see the weed turned into fertilizer and sold to farmers at a cheaper price,” he said.

Mr Maara was however quick to note that the multi-million project faced challenges mainly in adoption rate.

Addressing the Press in Naivasha town, the Chief Officer said “The biggest fear that the investor has is the acceptability rates from the user’s majority of whom are not willing to change,”.

He further said that the county government was also facing the predicament of resolving the solid waste management.

He said that county had formed 46 solid waste zones a move that had created employment and seen the waste handled in a better way.

“The county is determined to address the issue of solid waste management and we are calling for zero-tolerance in plastic bags,” he said.

Mr Maara however appreciated the efforts the county government had done in resolving the recent incident where a prime land had been grabbed. The plot was meant to expand the town’s sewer plant.

“The earlier allocation of land meant for the expansion of the sewer system in Naivasha has been declared null and void and we are seeking those behind the illegal deal,” he said.

The Chief Officer was accompanied by Lakeview MCA, Simon Wanyoike .The MCA noted with concern over the high levels of pollution in Lake Naivasha mainly from the nearby county dumpsite.

“Whenever it rains all the poisonous substances from the dumpsite are washed into the lake and this is compounded by the water hyacinth which has choked the water body,” he said.

Wanyoike welcomed the move to mechanically remove the water hyacinth weed noting that it had adversely affected fishing and tourism activities.

“The biggest challenge facing this lake at the moment is the water hyacinth weed which is spreading at an alarming rate and thus the need to contain it,” he said.

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