Government to revive pineapple factory in Kericho

The government has announced plans to revive a pineapple processing plant in Bureti, Kericho County to help farmers earn more from the crop through value addition.

The pineapple processing plant located three kilometers from Roret Trading center was initiated eleven years ago but has been dormant since then. But currently, efforts are being made to finish the installation of the machines and get the plant running by end of November.

The plant will process and can the pineapples for sale to the local markets.

Permanent Secretary (PS) at the State Department for Industrialization Trade and Enterprise Development Dr Francis Owino said both the national and county governments will work together to ensure the project is completed.

“There has been too much talk about this pineapple processing factory but now both the national and county governments will collaborate and have promised to have it completed and running.

There is need for speed in terms of the implementation process. There is need for collaboration between the national and the county governments to see that the area pineapple farmers add value to their produce and have better income,” said PS Owino.