Agro-pro­cess­ing tipped to cre­ate em­ploy­ment

Business Daily (Kenya) - - MONEY & MARKETS - James Kar­iuki jkar­­tion­ ‘‘Food, busi­ness and pro­cess­ing sec­tor is on an up­ward trend’’

On­line lo­gis­tics firm Sendy says Kenya could gen­er­ate thou­sands of jobs as well as im­prove qual­ity of food if farm­ers and in­di­vid­u­als ven­tured into agro-pro­cess­ing.

Sendy CEO Al­loys Me­shack said es­tab­lish­ment of cottage food in­dus­tries and pri­vate pro­cess­ing firms across Kenya could see new spe­cialised jobs cre­ated that will sus­tain de­mand for ready trans­port.

Mr Me­shack spoke when he handed over Sh500,000 to­wards the up­com­ing Africa Food In­dus­try and Ex­cel­lence awards to be held at Sa­fari park this Fri­day.

“The food, busi­ness and pro­cess­ing sec­tor is on an up­ward trend and could spark new de­mand for lo­gis­tic ser­vices for fer­ry­ing fresh pro­duce to the fac­to­ries and pro­cessed food­stuffs to the mar­ket.

“We will part­ner with com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als who start such in­dus­tries that add value to Kenyan fresh pro­duce,” he said.

The award, now in its sec­ond year, recog­nises in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies that process food and bev­er­ages pack­aged for the mass mar­ket.

Con­vener of the Food Busi­ness Africa event Juma Fran­cis said 50 en­tries had since been re­ceived from com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als.

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