The new Hola integrated fruit processing factory is ready for commissioning and commercial production of mango juice. The plant was set up and would be operated by the Coast Development Authority (CDA).
Yesterday, CDA Board of Director Chairman Kazungu Kambi, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata and CDA Managing Director Dr. Mohamed Keinan toured the new facility, ahead of its commissioning.
According to Kambi, the fruit project has the capacity to process 30 tonnes of mangoes a day and has already employed 100 mango collectors serving the plant. He said the upgrading of the fruit processing factory will in the long run improve farmers’ livelihoods and also create jobs for locals.
Kambi said the factory is good news for the people of Tana River who grow plenty of mangoes and other fruits but have no viable market for their produce.
Local farmers are urged to ensure steady supply of raw materials saying it signals good news for local mango and pineapple farmers.