Dutch invest in new Kenya feed plant

A NEW fish feed factory opened in Nairobi last week as a result of a collaboration between a Kenyan milling company and Dutch partners operating in east Africa.

Kenya’s fisheries and agriculture Willy K. Bett and the Dutch ambassador Frans Makken officially opened the Unga Holdings factory on March 16.

The new feed plant is designed to produce 5,000 tonnes per year of high quality floating fish feed for the east African market.

It is the first establishment of this size in the region, and responds to the high demand for quality fish feed, the single biggest impediment to the growth of the aquaculture sector in the area.

It also gives local producers an opportunity to increase their output and lower their productions costs per kg.

Unga Holdings chair, Isabella Ochola Wilson, said: ‘In line with our vision of ‘Nutrition for Life’, Unga has taken a bold step – investing, with the support of funding from the Dutch government, 225,000,000 Kenya shillings (about £1.76 million) in a state-of-the-art fish feed production facility to serve an aquaculture industry still in its infancy.’

For the design of the plant, Unga Holdings cooperated intensively with Dutch companies working together in the Dutch public-private partnership programme, Food Tech Africa (FTA).

This partnership was initiated and is coordinated by Larive International and has been working on the development of the entire aquaculture value chain in east Africa since 2013.

Some 14 firms are involved, each offering complementary skills and expertise. Dutch partners Ottevanger Milling Engineers and Almex Extrusion designed and manufactured the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment.

Nutreco entered into a commercial agreement with Unga and provides in-depth knowledge and expertise on feed formulation, production and marketing.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided co-financing to the consortium’s activities.

Picture: Kenya’s fisheries and agriculture Willy K. Bett and the Dutch ambassador Frans Makken officially open the Unga Holdings factory

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