Plans to revive Cashew nut industry in Kilifi put in place, says...

Plans to revive Cashew nut industry in Kilifi put in place, says Kingi

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A cashew nut factory. PHOTO/FILE .

Kilifi,  KENYA: The road to reviving of the long paralyzed Kilifi cashew nuts industry has kick started in Kilifi County, says area governor Amason Kingi.

Leaders in the County say a sensitization campaign has kicked off to bring back the esteem of Cashew nuts farming in the area.

The industry paralyzed in early 90s due to the said poor management that lead to its privatization and sold by a private investor who then changed it from Kilifi Cashew nuts to Millennium Company.

Since then farmers in Kilifi lost morale to plant more cashew nut trees due to lack of market.

According to Kingi, the county has set aside enough funds to buy and provide modern seedlings to farmers.

“We have already distributed 50,000 seedlings on the first phase and other 60,000 seedlings are under way.We want to empower our farmers afresh.” Said Kingi.

Kingi said he had also begun talks with the national government to intervene and resurrect the dead industry that has contributed to the low economy of the county and the entire country.

“I have commenced talks with the national government to intervene in the issue and my target is at least one billion shillings to resurrect this industry which will create job opportunities for the people of Kilifi,” added Kingi.

Kilifi county Senator Stewart Madzayo vowed to push for its revival from the national government.

“I will ensure to push for it to the end, If the government intervened and rejuvenated Mumias Sugar why not Kilifi cashew nuts industry.” Said Madzayo.

Villagers say talks on revival of the cashew nut industry have been ongoing for so many years,  this time round they are hopeful it would be successful.

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