Horizon Sopyrwa products are not a health risk to residents of Musanze
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.
Horizon Sopyrwa says its factory is not putting the lives of residents of Muhoza, Cyuve and Nkotsi sectors at risk.