Hori­zon Sopy­rwa prod­ucts are not a health risk to res­i­dents of Mu­sanze

The East African - - OPINION - Gabriel Biz­imungu Gen­eral man­ager Hori­zon Sopy­rwa Ltd.

WE WRITE to ex­press our con­cern over an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on the Jan­uary 5-11, 2019 edi­tion of Rwanda To­day ti­tled “In­dus­trial waste poses health risks to Mu­sanze res­i­dents”.

Hori­zon Sopy­rwa is a Rwan­dan com­pany that pro­duces and mar­kets pyrethrum, essen­tial oils prod­ucts, and pro­duces potato seeds for lo­cal farm­ers. We mar­ket pyrethrum abroad ma­jorly USA and Europe.

Hori­zon Sopy­rwa is a sub­sidiary of Hori­zon Group and is lo­cated in Mu­sanze Dis­trict, where the vol­canic soils, high al­ti­tudes and good dis­tri­bu­tion of rain­fall are favourable to grow­ing pyrethrum and potato seeds. An es­ti­mated 37,000 fam­i­lies in the north and north­west­ern part of Rwanda de­rive their liveli­hoods from grow­ing and sell­ing pyrethrum.

Hori­zon Sopy­rwa pro­duces cer­ti­fied nat­u­ral ex­tracts, which have no mam­malian tox­i­c­ity with proven safety to­wards hu­mans and other warm-blooded an­i­mals. This prod­uct has re­ceived world­wide ac­cla­ma­tion as the best qual­ity nat­u­ral pyrethrum. These ex­tracts are cer­ti­fied by Eu­ro­peans Chem­i­cal Au­thor­ity and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency of the United States.

In the ar­ti­cle, it was re­ported that res­i­dents of Muhoza, Cyuve and Nkotsi Sec­tors in Mu­sanze dis­trict ex­pressed their con­cern that the fac­tory is put­ting them at the risk of sound pol­lu­tion, air pol­lu­tants, ir­ri­tants and bad smell from garbage waste pits that caused some of them asthma and can­cer. We wish to share with you ver­i­fi­able facts as fol­lows:

I. Sound pol­lu­tion; Any­body fa­mil­iar with Hori­zon Sopy­rwa fac­tory knows that no noise comes out of the fac­tory even when pro­duc­tion is un­der­way.

II. Air pol­lu­tion and ir­ri­tants; Since 2016 Hori­zon Sopy­rwa shifted from us­ing fuel oil and in­vested in a biomass boiler that is used for burn­ing py­marc (biomass), a new eco-friendly steam gen­er­a­tion method. The smoke from the biomass boiler is safe car­bon diox­ide com­mon from flow­ers or leaves when you burn them.

III. Bad smell from garbage waste pits; Hori­zon Sopy­rwa doesn’t have any garbage pit and does not re­lease any bad smell into the en­vi­ron­ment. Py­marc (biomass) as waste from the fac­tory is burnt in the boiler to gen­er­ate clean en­ergy. This is also used as the an­i­mal feed and or­ganic fer­til­izer.

Hori­zon Sopy­rwa is com­mit­ted to the high­est en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety stan­dards. For our en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship prac­tices, Hori­zon Group was win­ner of CFI 2015 Sus­tain­able In­vestor Award.

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Hori­zon Sopy­rwa says its fac­tory is not put­ting the lives of res­i­dents of Muhoza, Cyuve and Nkotsi sec­tors at risk.

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