The Kenyan government -via the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development- has announced plans to unveil the stalled Roret pineapple processing plant in Bureti sub-county, Kericho.
This comes at a time when pineapple farmers are recording low returns from the sale of the fruits following a directive by the county government to suspend operations at all open air markets in the county as a measure to contain the spread of the deadly corona virus. To make the matter worse, many of their customers are opting not to travel to purchase the fruit from the farms for fear of contracting the deadly virus.
The pineapple processing plant located three kilometres from Roret Trading center was initiated eleven years ago, but has been stalled since then. 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.