President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday made an inspection visit to Eni Kenya, the country's first agri-hub that produces vegetable oil and related bio-products.
The agri-hub located at Kwa Kathoka in Makueni County, Eastern Kenya, started production last month and has already employed close to 200 workers, mostly young people from the county.
The establishment of the agri-hub resulted from a meeting held in Nairobi between President Kenyatta and Mr. Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Eni SPA, an Italian multinational energy company headquartered in Rome.
Eni Kenya, a subsidiary of the Italian multinational company, signed an agreement with the Government of Kenya in July last year to promote the circular economy by setting up 20 agri-hubs for producing biofuels and related bio-products with the Makueni agri-hub as the first.
Addressing workers during the inspection visit, President Kenyatta encouraged them to work hard so that the factory can expand rapidly, create more jobs, earn farmers' income, and help reduce fuel costs.
Speaking during the occasion, Eni Kenya's Managing Director Mr. Enrico Tavolini, said the Makueni agri-hub has an installed capacity of 15,000 tons of oil production annually.
Mr. Tavolini added that the factory has already provided market access to over 25,000 farmers and will also operate as a training and technical support hub for the farmers.
During the inspection tour, Energy Cabinet Secretary Dr. Monica Juma and Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and senior officials of the National and county governments.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.