Kenyan companies collaborate to address dairy shortages

KENYA – A consortium of five companies in Kenya namely Corteva Agriscience, Land O’Lakes Venture37, Bidco Land O’Lakes, Forage Genetics International (FGI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI Kenya) are seeking to undertake a Ksh 37.5 million (US$ 350,000) dairy program to boost milk production and supply of nutritional dairy products. The program targeting 5,000 women small holder dairy farmers will be undertaken in Kiambu, Nakuru, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Nyeri and Meru. This group of private sector, non-profit, and research organizations will under taken the program in a span…

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Bidco Africa forms joint venture to promote commercial oil crop farming in Kenya

KENYA – Bidco Africa Group, one of the leading consumer good company in East Africa has rolled out a joint venture with the County Government of Nakuru, Central Kenya to promote adoption of commercial farming of oil crops among small holder growers within the devolved unit. Bidco Africa Chairman, Vimal Shah stated that his company had contracted over 25,000 small scale farmers in Nakuru and other parts of the country to grow Sunflower and Soya beans. “We link our contracted farmers to Kenya Seed Company and other renowned seed breeders…

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Bidco Africa and Land O’Lakes commission US$12m upgraded animal feed plant

KENYA – Edible oils manufacturer, Bidco Africa, has teamed up with American conglomerate Land O’Lakes to invest KSh1.2 billion (US$12m) in the upgrade of an animal feed factory in Nakuru, Central Kenya. According to Business Daily, the joint venture expects the plant to have a processing capacity of 28 tonnes per hour, a move that will raise competition in the industry against existing players such as Unga Group.  “The plant is fully automated to ensure accuracy in production and reduce the chance of human error,” Chris Diaz, a director of…

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Bidco Land O’Lakes launches new ‘Kienyeji’ poultry diet in Kenya

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, a feed-focused joint venture between the American agricultural cooperative Land O’Lakes and Bidco Africa has launched new ‘Kienyeji’ four phase diet for the indigenous chicken. The Kienyeji Feed is expected to improve the rearing of the local poultry raised on either free range or in confinement. According to Bidco Land O’Lakes, the new product will provide the Kienyeji farmer with appropriate and quality feeds for both the Kienyeji poultry and improved breeds. Farmers will be able to provide their chicken with different nutritional requirements required…

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Bidco Land O’Lakes in partnership with Coast Feeds launches poultry centre

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, a joint venture between the oil refineries firm Bidco Africa and American Land O’Lakes has launched the first poultry centre in Mombasa, Kenya. In partnership with Coast Animal Feeds, the venture will manage the centre serving as a one stop shop for farmers by providing quality feeds, supplements, information and educational resources on farming. Land O’Lakes brings its expertise in feed quality and safety while Coast Animal Feeds may slot in its experience in customer basis, market and distribution networks at the Coast. The collaboration…

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