Kenya receives first hybrid coconut seeds

The first Hybrid coconut seeds have arrived in the country from India.

Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust CEO Priscilla Gathiga says the seeds are of superior quality as compared to the indigenous seed variety.

Receiving the consignment at the port of Mombasa, Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust CEO Priscilla Gathiga said the hybrid coconuts are expected to increase the coconut production and its value chain.

The hybrid seed takes an average of 2 and half years as compared to 7 years for the indigenous tree and it can produce up to 300 coconut fruits per year as compared to the indigenous one.

Gathigia says the project will kick start in Mombasa county with selected farmers participating in the first phase of the project.

Kenya is the first east African country to plant the hybrid seeds amongst the Asians and pacific coconut producing communities.

The initiative is funded by Danida through the Micro Enterprises Support Program Trust which was launched 5 years ago.

Elsewhere, local wheat farmers are set to benefit from a newly constructed wheat mill in Thika town.

The privately owned fully automated mill has the capacity to process 300 tonnes of wheat daily.

The new mill which has the capacity to mill 300 tonnes per day will increase the firm’s total daily production capacity to 550 tons per day.

Grain miller Bakex Millers Limited firm’s managing director Hiten Shah says the new production capacity will promote efficiency as well as meeting local demand.

The firm has a current wheat storage capacity of 24,000 tons which it plans to increase to 42,000 tons by mid next year.

The new mill will also be able to produce semolina which is used in pasta, spaghetti and noodle manufacturing.





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