Chinese firm to set up an animal feed plant in Bungoma
16 April 2014, 20:15
Bungoma - A Chinese multinational company has expressed interest of partnering with the Bungoma County government to build an animal feed processing company in region.
Muyang Company, based in Yangzhou China intends to set up the plant in the area at a cost of KES 165 million, which will make use of sugarcane and maize waste products that are abundant in the region, if they strike a deal with the county government.
An estimated 2000 people are expected to be employed, once the animal feeds factory starts operation, according to Bencher Yi, the Chinese company Deputy President.
Muyang Company based in Yangzhou, China intends to provide machinery to set up an animal feed processing plant in Bungoma County worth KES 165 million alongside technical support, training to the locals and two years guarantee of maintenance of the machines.
The company was set up in 2008 and has extensive operations in Africa having similar companies in Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique. It plans to extend the same to Kenya and Bungoma is among the three selected County’s alongside Kiambu and Murang’a Counties.
The plant that is estimated to take nine months to set up will require a maximum of 2 hectares of land and Machinery worth KES 38 million.
The plant will involve the turning of readily available animal feeds like sugarcane waste and maize stalks into feed pellets that will then be fed to livestock to enhance productivity. This will improve animal husbandry in the County and enable food security in through more milk and meat production.
The company management that paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Governor expressed their interest in Bungoma and Siaya Counties and the latter had shown interest in venturing in a KES 15 million program that only involves purchase of the silos for a mash feed miller.
The Deputy Governor Chongwony alluded the County government's interest in the venture owing to the fact that agriculture is the backbone of its economy. He said there will be a discussion into the proposal at the next cabinet meeting to be able to agree on the way forward and how best to partner.
“Investing in such companies will not only enhance food security but provide employment opportunities to the youth considering the firms capacity to employ over 2,000 people”, added Chongwony.
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