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Wheat milling plant worth KES 350M constructed in Nyeri

13 March 2015, 10:20 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Wheat farmers from Nyeri and Laikipia counties have something to smile about after a local investor constructed them a wheat milling plant worth more than KES 350 million.

The investor, Thuo Mathenge who is also the proprietor of Brade Gate industries, said the plant is aimed at wiping out unscrupulous middle men whom he said have been oppressing wheat farmers.

“For years, the farmers have incurred losses for lack of a ready market and this has affected the production of the third most important cereal in Kenya after maize and rice,” said Mathenge.

The milling plant has a capacity to produce 100 tonnes of wheat in eight hours, according to the businessman.

“The plant will ensure wheat farmers from areas of Kieni West, Kieni East, Laikipia and Timau among other areas in Mount Kenya get ready market for their produce. We shall be buying wheat directly from the farmers even those at the most interior parts,” said Mathenge while speaking to the media during a wheat farmers’ day at the new milling plant located at Karicheni area, Nyeri County.

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Mathenge added that he had partnered with Jamii Bora bank and Amiran Kenya in ensuring that farmers benefit.

The bank will be funding farmers immediately their produce has been delivered to the firm while Amiran will offer expertise advise to farmers on seeds and other areas so they can produce high quality wheat and maximize their income by increasing farming acreage.

“I want the farmers to own this machinery. I believe it will increase job opportunities and save them from the long term exploitation by middlemen,” added Mathenge.

He further expressed lamented that residents of Kieni constituency were severely affected by annual droughts despite the area being fertile and potential of agricultural activities.

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