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Del Monte Kenya to Convert Pineapple Waste into Fertiliser

The plant will use residues from the company’s pineapple cannery to create four different types of biofertilisers

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Del Monte Kenya Ltd., a leading producer of fresh fruit has established a plant that will turn the company’s pineapple residues into biofertiliser. This initiative signifies a significant leap in transforming the agricultural landscape in Kenya, championing sustainable practices, and bolstering the local community through innovation, job creation, and investment.

Situated near Del Monte Kenya’s operations, the biofertiliser plant will use residues from the company’s pineapple cannery to create four different types of biofertilisers for its use and eventual sale to other growers in East Africa.

This biofertiliser plant not only allows for the efficient utilisation of resources but also sets a new benchmark for environmental responsibility and sustainable agriculture across the region.

Biofertilisers are natural fertilizers that use microbes to help promote plant growth by increasing the supply of essential nutrients to the plants, improving the soil texture and yield of plants, and providing a more sustainable option to traditional fertilizers.

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“As the largest single exporter of Kenyan products, we are proud to contribute to the advancement of sustainable practices through initiatives like the biofertilizer plant,” said Mr Wayne Cook, Del Monte Kenya’s Acting Deputy Managing Director. “The investment not only reflects our commitment to our people and communities but also positions Kenya as a leader in sustainable agriculture, fostering a greener and more prosperous future for all.”

The new plant is currently running tests and will be fully operational in June. Del Monte Kenya is the single largest exporter in the country and already employs 6,500 Kenya workers directly. With the opening of this plant, the company can further support the local economy and work towards growing its footprint and impact in the region.

The biofertiliser plant exemplifies Del Monte Kenya’s dedication to innovation and its aim to maximise the use of residue utilization, enhance soil fertility, and meet the rising demand from consumers seeking nutritious, sustainably grown produce.

“As Del Monte Kenya embarks on this transformative journey, it does so with a deep commitment to nurturing sustainable practices that benefit both its team members and surrounding communities,” says Mr Cook.

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BILL YAURA
BILL YAURA
Bill Yaura is a Correspondent for Business Today. He can be reached on email: [email protected]
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