Pineapple plant plannedThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE Kenyan government is to set up a pineapple processing factory for over KES100 million (US$1.3 million), said industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey. The Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute has carried out studies to find a suitable site for the new plant. "We are doing our best to ensure the government constructs a pineapple processing factory to help add value to the crop before being taken to market outlets, " he said. He explained that farmers in the district have suffered in the hands of middlemen and brokers, who buy produce at throwaway prices. Pineapple farmers have appealed to the government to set up a processing plant so that their produce will not go to waste. Roads minister, Franklin Bett, said farmers in the region were selling pineapples at KES10 each, while brokers were selling them for KES50-100 in other markets such as Nairobi.