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Del Monte Champions Agricultural Innovation with Innovative Biofertilizer Plant launch

By Antynet Ford

Del Monte Kenya Ltd., a leading producer, marketer, and distributor of high-quality fresh fruit and prepared food in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and a leading player in Kenya’s agricultural sector, announced today the opening of a groundbreaking biofertilizer plant that will turn the company’s pineapple residues into biofertilizers.

This initiative signifies a significant leap forward in potentially transforming the agricultural landscape in Kenya, championing sustainable practices, and bolstering the local community through innovation, job creation, and investment.

Strategically situated near Del Monte Kenya’s operations, the newly launched biofertilizer plant will use residues from the company’s pineapple cannery to create four different types of biofertilizers for its use and eventual sale to other growers in East Africa.

This biofertilizer plant not only allows for the efficient utilization of resources but also sets a new benchmark for environmental responsibility and sustainable agriculture across the region.

Biofertilizers are natural fertilizers that use microbes to help promote plant growth by increasing the supply of essential nutrients to the plants, improving the soil texture and yield of plants, and providing a more sustainable option to traditional fertilizers.

“As the largest single exporter of Kenyan products, we are proud to contribute to the advancement of sustainable practices through initiatives like the biofertilizer plant,” said Wayne Cook, Del Monte Kenya’s Acting Deputy Managing Director. “The investment not only reflects our commitment to our people and communities but also positions Kenya as a leader in sustainable agriculture, fostering a greener and more prosperous future for all.”

The new plant is currently running tests and will be fully operational in June. Del Monte Kenya is the single largest exporter in the country and already employs 6,500 Kenya workers directly.

With the opening of this plant, the company can further support the local economy and work towards growing its footprint and impact in the region.

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The biofertilizer plant exemplifies Del Monte Kenya’s dedication to innovation and its aim to maximize the use of residue utilization, enhance soil fertility, and meet the rising demand from consumers seeking nutritious, sustainably grown produce.

As Del Monte Kenya embarks on this transformative journey, it does so with a deep commitment to nurturing sustainable practices that benefit both its team members and surrounding communities.

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