For 10 tons of sliced apricot, some small entrepreneurs working on the project receive 500 liters of oil and each liter sells for 35,000/- and a small bottle of 330 millimeters sells for 20,000/-.
Mafuwe, ordered the Council to propose the investment, when he went yesterday to hand out loans worth 93 million/- to four youth groups, a women’s group and five disabled people.
In the loans, there are 40 beneficiaries who carry out transport projects using bodabodas, the purchase and sale of honey, the processing of milk, poultry, cattle, goats and the manufacture of pots flowers.
“We started at this stage to loan that amount, whoever got a big amount got 20 million, but I would really like to have big groups that can get a big loan. If we get the avocado transformation machine here in Hai, we will have a better economy and we will have reached a lot of people,” he said.
He added, “If we could build an apricot packing factory here, we would have touched the lives of so many people, waiting for the construction of the strategic market for Kwa Sadala.”
District Council Chairman Edmund Rutaraka said that given the problem of rising fuel prices in the country, there was a real need to focus more on investments in small oil processing plants, particularly derived from avocado cultivation.
“I thank our MP, for having a third eye in looking at this project, but there are places to learn in this and I have seen our neighbors in Meru before, there is AVOMERU Group Company, which is involved in training and innovation to research apricot products. We will go to study there, before coming to a factory to process live apricots,” Rutaraka said.
“Avocado oil is a fat, which is safe and there is a good chance that this oil will be used as an edible oil, especially at a time when people are complaining about the price of oil, so farmers will get more benefits, unlike before.
Responding to the idea presented by the MP, the executive director of the council, Dionis Myinga, said he had received the idea and would share it with his experts and then bring the matter to the council for blessings.
The council’s community development officer, Amina Masood, said one of the problems they are currently facing is that some of the loan recipients are not repaying the loans due to misconceptions that government money is not should not be refunded.
“There is also the problem of loans intercepted by political leaders and many groups not having common projects, which leads to beneficiaries sharing the money of the loans granted to them and not repaying them,” said underlined the manager.