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    Mhogo Foods marketing officer Peter Mbugua displays cassava flour at a farmers' trade fair in Thika, Kiambu County, on February 24, 2017.  Cassava farmers have a new market. PHOTO BY LABAN ROBERT.  

    Cassava farmers can now fetch better prices by selling their produce to a new flour processing firm in Kiambu County.
    Some starch processing companies pay less than Sh10 per kilo depending on the amount of starch in the tubers.
    Mhogo Foods is paying between Sh50 and Sh70 per kilo of cassava to farmers upon delivery of the produce.
    The company also makes arrangement for deliveries from far areas to cut on transportation costs for farmers to allow for more profits.
    “It is easy for us to aggregate the cassava from various farmers and use a single transport means. This means that the farmers have to group themselves together for easy collection of the harvest on an agreed date,” the Mhogo Foods marketing manager, Peter Mbugua said.
    Although a lot of cassava is tilled in Lower Eastern regions like Machakos, most of this factory’s produce is from Western Kenya. This is, therefore, an opportunity for farmers from this region to access ready market. The milling machine is at Banana town.

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    Cassava tubers are highly perishable. They have to the processed or dried within seven days to avoid poisoning from cyanide. When cyanide combines with water, it becomes poisonous to animals and humans if consumed and can lead to death in a few hours.
    The cassava is processed into flour mill for cooking porridge with the addition of a few more ingredients.
    A tuber is of good quality if it has attained at least one foot and two inches thick.
    Peelings from the tubers are used in making animal feeds.

    The company can be reached on +254710397758 or +254792478050

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    Godfrey Njoroge feels the weight of a rabbit during a farmers event at the Thika Technical Training Institute on February 24, 2017. Rabbak,  a business organisation, is looking for rabbits. Photo by Laban Robert. 

    A Kiambu County based group is looking for more than 1,000 rabbits per week from farmers to meet its growing demand from the suppliers.
    Supermarkets and other small meat outlets have placed orders at the Thika-based company, Rabbak, to deliver meat and life rabbits.
    The firm, which also slaughters the rabbits, has never met the orders, one of the directors, Godfrey Njoroge said.
    Rabbak is buying the rabbits at Sh400 per kilo. For one to deliver the rabbits to Rabbak, they must be at least three kilogrammes.
    “Rabbak has orders; there are no rabbits to deliver. It does not matter the breed of the rabbit. A farmer delivers rabbits, which are in good health for weighing before immediate payment. This ensures that the farmers get the money and use it in buying more inputs for production,” Njoroge said during a livestock event in Thika town.
    Rabbit meat is becoming popular because of being lean. Apart from deep frying, it is roasted in addition to making of sausages in hotels, and other eateries besides supermarkets.
    Nakumatt is one of the biggest consumers of the rabbit in form of sausages.
    The retail outlet placed an order of 100 rabbits per week, but Rabbak has never met he number. High-end hotels in Nairobi have placed orders exceeding 1,000 rabbits per week.
    The farmer is required to deliver a live rabbit to the Thika offices.

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    Rabbit farming, which was perceived as a ‘lad’s hobby in the traditional set up is quickly rising to be an agribusiness opportunity.
    Apart from the meat, other farmers are tapping and selling urine as a folia fertiliser and biopesticide. Half a litre of the urine fetches more than Sh500.
    For those with good markets in places like Mombasa, one kilo of the rabbit earns them between Sh700 and Sh1,000 upon delivery.
    Njoroge can be contacted on +254721707540
    Or Waiganjo on +254721219092

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