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Residents of Kitui have a reason to smile after the launch of a mango processing plant worth KES 30 million . The launch which was held on October 30, 2015 has brought hope to more than 8000 farmers and is expected to improve the economic livelihood of Kitui County residents.
The intiative funded by IGAD and being implemented by NETFUND, is aimed at piloting a new approach to mango value addition by drying the mangoes and converting them mango powder. This means that post harvest loss could be minimised as the mango powder can be preserved and used over a long period of time.
The launch was a social marketing day where the participants including women groups from Kitui county had time to taste the products and give comments before the products are launched into the market. The Kitui community had also an opportunity to meet the partners of the project who included: Farm Africa and ACT.
The Chief guest at the launch was Kitui County Governor Dr Julius Makau Malombe who presided over the official opening.

Kitui county Governor Dr. Julius Malombe assessing the mango product and branding.

Susan Njeri a Laboratory Technician of Kitui Development Company explaining to the Governor and delegation the process of mango juice production

Joshua Anampiu of NETFUND’s Technical Service Department addressing attendees at the launch

The mango juice production section of the KDC plant and bottled products

Kitui County Governor Dr. Julius Malombe Inspecting the solar dryer as the Chief Executive Officer of Kitui Development Company explains the drying process.

Steve Muhanji of NETFUNDs Technical Services Department talks to Kitui county Governor Dr. Julius Malombe about the NETFUND Green Innovation Awards.

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