Beer maker seeks 15,000 sorghum farm­ers

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - BUSINESS NEWS - BY BARACK ODUOR AND EL­IZ­A­BETH OJINA

Beer pro­ducer Kenya Brew­eries Lim­ited is seeking to re­cruit at least 15,000 sorghum farm­ers in Nyanza to but­tress its sup­ply of raw ma­te­ri­als ahead of the keg plant launch in Kisumu.

Of­fi­cials from the firm have been tour­ing the re­gion to strike deals with farm­ers, es­pe­cially in Karachuony­o and Lambwe Val­ley in Homa Bay and parts of Si­aya, seen as the main grow­ing ar­eas of the ce­real.

Ex­panded mar­ket

Kenya Brew­eries Lim­ited Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Jane Karuku said the new plant will pro­vide an ex­panded mar­ket mainly for sorghum farm­ers in Nyanza. The fac­tory, she said, will be heav­ily re­liant on sorghum among other raw ma­te­ri­als sourced from lo­cals.

“We want to en­gage over 15,000 sorghum farm­ers in Nyanza re­gion for our new plant set to be opened next year as the plant will heav­ily rely on sorghum from farm­ers in the re­gion,” said Ms Karuku.

BARACK ODUOR | NA­TION

Sorghum farmer Selemiah Ogolla in­spects his farm in Nyagome vil­lage in Lambwe Val­ley in Suba North, Homa Bay County, yes­ter­day. Kenya Brew­eries Lim­ited is set to con­tract 15,000 grow­ers in Nyanza for its new plant to be opened next year in Kisumu.

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