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Posted by webmaster on June 30, 2018

Prof. Elijah Omwenga, DVC (A&SA) cutting the tape to commission the fruit processing plant

On 30th June, 2018, the University of Kabianga commissioned a fruit processing plant in its Main Campus. This own-financed processing equipment will enable the University to process pineapples, mangoes and other fruits. The facility is expected to reduce postharvest losses, increase income and create employment among players.

The plant has a capacity to process 400 MT of fresh fruits per year. The state of the art fruit juice line installed yields 150 litres of juice per hour. The fruit plant when fully operational will benefit over 500 small scale fruit farmers in South Rift and Nyanza regions through sustained market at competitive producer prices throughout the year.

During the commissioning event, Prof. Elijah Omwenga the DVC (A & SA) at University of Kabianga, highlighted the importance and long term impact of this plant to grow the country’s agricultural sector while addressing the Big 4 Agenda of manufacturing and value addition and enhanced food and nutrition on security. The juice processing plant for value addition of fresh produce pays a pivotal role within the economic pillar of Vision 2030 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. The facility will also provide teaching, research and extension to all stakeholders.

left University of Kabianga
P.O BOX 2030 - 20200
Tel: +254 700 000 299, +254775 553 311

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