, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – The government has partnered with a German company to hold a food processing and packaging expo.
The event hosted by German’s Messe Düsseldorf selectively targets machinery, equipment and processing supplies as well as food producers and processors representing the complete process chain.
Kenya Investment Authority Managing Director Moses Ikiara says that the expo will provide farmers access to urgently needed technology for food producers, which can make an important contribution to food losses currently at 40 percent.
“We suffer with losses of even about 40 percent, because of poor infrastructure and lack of processing and packaging technologies, so they will bring those technologies here to educate our manufactures on what technologies to use,” Ikiara said.
He said the government will also take advantage of this expo and sell the country’s attractive investment opportunities.
“Local investors will also have an opportunity to meet potential partners and may start joint ventures to start up enterprises,” Ikiara stated.
The expo will be held in Kenya from the November 26 to 28, this year.
“We will kick off every day with keynote speeches by experts that provide practical information on setting up a business or entering into partnerships in Kenya and East Africa and showcasing solutions of relevance to the African market,” said Werner Dornscheldt President Messe Düsseldorf.
The company will also present their results of a current on-going study on the extent of and reasons for losses of maize, fish, banana and dairy products in Kenya.
“In this way the companies in the process and packaging technology will give pointers for mitigating the problem of these food losses with the help of their products and the corresponding know-how,” Dornscheldt said.
He said that the exchange among the participants is aimed at focusing on both demand -driven technologies for local requirements as well as marketing and distribution strategies.