The Integrated Fruit Processing plant (IFPP) is a social project located in Tana River Coast region of Kenya. The project involves crushing mangoes to produce pulp for juice production and other industrial uses. The processing plant has an initial installed capacity of 1.5 tonnes per hour or 12MT per eight hour shift giving 2,880 tonnes per annum with a possible expansion to 5 tonnes per hour crushing 40 tonnes of fresh mangoes per day or 12,000 tonnes per year. In terms of pulp production this is equivalent to 6 tonnes of pulp with a possible expansion to 20 tonnes per eight hour shift. The main product is pulp which is packed aseptically for both local and export markets.
The goal of the project is to enhance modernization of the fruit processing for improved outputs, incomes and enhancing the living standards of the Coastal small holder farmers. Some of the benefits of this project are increased production, improved efficiency and quality, increased employment, expand market outlet for small holder farmers and reduction of post-harvest loses.
- To expand market outlets for over 5,000 small holder fruit farmers through value addition
- To increase employment opportunities for 1500 youths and women
- To increase mango production through capacity building and training of farmers on good agricultural practises
- To improve the incomes of fruit farmers
- To provide alternative resource base for the Authority
The Plant at Hola in Tana-River County
The project has the potential to benefit over 30,000 people from Tana River, Kili and Lamu Counties including 55 people directly and 1500 indirectly. Over 2000 farmers will also be trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS). Farmers make up the largest number of beneficiaries as they are directly involved in the fruit production realm. Since the plant will be in operation all year round after modernization, the number of beneficiaries is expected to increase as more people will be involved in mango production and trading of finished products.
The Mango processing unit also provides services to other exporters of mangoes who do not have their own processing facilities.
Workers in the plant in a production process