This month we have concluded (in partnership with SNV) our feasibility study with regards to the opportunities of cultivation and extraction stevia in Kenya. Our findings have been encouraging and can be broadly summed up as follows:
- We have assembled a team (partly) of skilled, committed and experienced people in Kenya. Finding the right staff is essential for a companies success especially so in Africa.
- We have met with a team of skilled and engaged personal from the Ministry of Agriculture who have assisted us promptly with any related queries. We look forward to intensifying our partnership with them.
- We have sourced a good site that is flat and fertile, accessible and host the basic amenities including water to support large scale farming and support surrounding small scale farmers in the area. Soil samples have been taken and a trial will prove whether the land meets our expectations. No commitments, except for the associated trials, are made until these important steps have been undertaken and proven successful.
- We have met with several international organisation in Kenya interested in considering partnerships throughout various parts of the value chain. We are considering which strategic partnerships are mutually beneficial and are especially encouraged by the opportunities to partner with two currently up and running extraction plants in Kenya.
- The climate in our area is relatively predictable and the overall climatic should cater for optimal stevia cultivation conditions.
For impressions see some pictures below. Updates will follow soon.
Update sun-15-10-2017: The soil samples have come back and the results match the plant requirements. We are now finalising the budget and selecting the varieties so our trials can commence most likely around the turn of the year.