Kitui County is set to construct a sh100million honey factory at Syongila in efforts to boost apiculture in the county.
Once complete, the factory targets to benefit over 15,000 honey farmers across the county.
Governor Charity Ngilu today held talks with a panel of experts from the World Bank at her office led by Dr. Michael Njoroge who are visiting the county to evaluate the viability of the projected investments.
“This county has great honey potential hence the factory will impact the sector in a big way not only in the county but all over the world.” said Governor Ngilu.
Governor Ngilu said the county’s honey is good quality noting that value addition will boost the sector’s gains and increase the farmers’ production.
The P.O.E toured Athi ward and met honey farmers from Kamaki Farmers’ Cooperative society who own honey processing plant in the ward.
The cooperative officials informed the P.O.E that they had the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of honey every season.
Dr. Njuguna said the World Bank was ready to support the county in the construction of the factory saying he was satisfied on the county’s plan to grow the sector.
The factory is set to add value to the hive products like bee wax, propolis, the royal jelly and bee pollen. The factory will also promote high hygiene standards from harvesting, processing and packaging.