Kitui County has procured a Ksh 20 million (€155,000) fruit processing machine to mitigate post-harvest losses. The food processing machinery has a production capacity of 5 tons per hour that translates to 40 tons in an 8-hour working day, 200 tons five days per week and 800 tons in a month.
Governor Charity Ngilu said quality final products like tomato sauces, ketchup, tomato paste and fruit juices will now be processed and packaged in Kitui. She said the Kitui Foods plant will create job opportunities and create a ready market for the farmers’ produce.
“Kitui farmers will pocket better earnings for their produce and be assured of a steady income from their self-employment in horticulture,” she told kbc.co.ke.
Similarly, Kitui Enterprise Promotion Company (KEPC), a mango processing firm in Kitui in collaboration with the National Environment Trust Fund has helped more than 800 farmers in Kitui to reduce post- harvest losses through value addition of their fruits.