USAID hands over modern dairy processing plant to Makueni co-operative

KENYA – Kenyan dairy farmers have received a modern dairy plant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is set to boost milk production. Located in the Makueni county, Eastern region, the fully installed dairy processing plant has a capacity to pasteurize 1000 litres of milk per hour. The project was developed…

Zimbabwe’s dairy producer Dendairy set to expand production

ZIMBABWE -  Dendairy Limited, dairy producer in Zimbabwe is set to commission three new packaging lines as part of its ongoing expansion drive as it seeks to boost its production capacity, reports The Herald. The dairy producer aims at increasing its production capacity from the current 4.6 million litres to about 8 million litres per…

Ethiopia’s US$10bn Agro-processing parks set for completion by June

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia is set to complete construction of its 4 pilot Integrated Agro-Processing Industrial Parks (IAIPs), an investment worth US$10 billion, by the end of June this year reports Ethiopia News Agency. The pilot agro-processing parks have been under construction since 2016 and features; a Baeker for sesame, sorghum and livestock; Bulbula for cereal…

Tanzania set to commission cassava starch plant

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to open its Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation (CSTC) processing plant which has a capacity to process 60 tonnes of cassava on a daily basis, reports Daily News. Deputy Minister of Trade, Industries and Investment, Engineer Stella Manyanya revealed that the plant is 90% complete and has already started a…

Ghana’s Afrotropic commissions US$30m cocoa processing plant

GHANA – Ghana’s Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Limited (ACPL), has commissioned a new cocoa processing factory, an investment valued at US$30 million with a capacity to process 15,000 tonnes of cocoa beans, reports Ghanaian Times. The factory will be processing cocoa beans into cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor, deodorised cocoa butter and cocoa cake. Speaking during the…

Government to invest US$2m in new fruit processing factory

KENYA – Kenya farmers in the North rift region are set to benefit from a US$2 million avocado processing plant after the government unveiled plans of setting up the factory as it seeks to diversify the regions agricultural value chain, reports Kenya Digest. Jackson Mandago, Uasin Gishu county governor said that the government has contracted…

Ugandan milk processor Vital Tomosi commissions US$15m processing factory

UGANDA – Uganda’s Vital Tomosi Dairy Limited, producers of the Milkman brand of UHT milk and yoghurt has commissioned a new milk processing factory in Kiruhura District as it seeks to increase its production capacity. The new dairy processing factory comes at an investment worth US$15 million and has a capacity to process 100, 000…

Rwanda’s SKOL Brewery commissions US$10m packaging line

RWANDA - SKOL Breweries Limited, has unveiled a new packaging line at an investment worth US$10 million as it aims at consolidating the brewer’s market share that currently stands at 20%, reports New Times Rwanda. The brewer said that the new packaging line will increase the bottling capacity from 450,000 hectolitres to more than one…

Hi Group to invest US$78m in reviving Ghana’s Kamenda Sugar Factory

GHANA - The Hi limit Group, developers of government’s one village one dam programme has signed a purchase agreement to revive the defunct Komenda Sugar Factory at an investment worth about US$78 million reports Ghana News Agency. The agreement signed under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry will see Hi Limited group…

South Africa’s Distell mulls down-sizing in new restructuring strategy

SOUTH AFRICA – Distell Group Limited, multinational brewing and beverage company rooted in South Africa, said it could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network,reports Business Day. According to Distell supply chain director, Johan van Zyl, the restructuring strategy will also involve closure of some of its operations…