West Pokot County Government has commissioned Sh50million mango processing plant in Lomut, which will have a capacity of processing over 20 tonnes a day.
West pokot County Chief Prof John Lonyangapuo said that they have considered the immense potential of the area and that it was the right time to exploit since majority of the farmers have been exploited by middle men.
Lonyagapuo further argued that the value addition Mango processing plant would also enable farmers to sell their products to the outside market.
Lomut, Sigor and Chesogon areas in West Pokot that borders Elgeyo –Marakwet are the biggest producers of the mango fruit and always the biggest supplier in the North rift.
“This factory is likely to operationalize this year. We have already tendered for the supply of the machines. The county government has set aside fifty acres of land for demonstration purposes for farmers on how to grow and raise mango seedlings. Farmers are encouraged to grow Apple, Tommy and Ngoe types,” said Lonyangapuo.
West Pokot Women representative Lillian Tomitom lauded the County Government for setting up the plant, adding that the farmers should aim to increase the acreage under the fruits to ensure the factory operates at optimum capacity, even off-season.
“This factory will be a game changer in the region that has been infamous for cattle rustling,” she said.
County Director for Investment and cooperative Development William Ntoina said that the processing plant will turn the mangoes into concentrate juice and pastes and that farmers were experiencing post harvest losses.