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KBL pays Sh2.2Bn to 30,000 sorghum and barley farmers

The company says it currently sources 80 percent of its raw materials locally but it will scale up to 100 percent by year 2020/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 18 – Kenya Breweries Limited has committed to increase farmers’ payouts over the coming years to better the Sh2.2 billion the brewer paid 30,000 sorghum and barley farmers in 2016.

The company says it currently sources 80 percent of its raw materials locally but it will scale up to 100 percent by year 2020.

“We have made huge strides in aligning our business operations with the aspirations of the communities in areas where we operate, driven by the realization that we cannot build a business in isolation,” said Jane Karuku, KBL Managing Director, at the launch of the brewer’s campaign highlighting accomplishments in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and aligning the business to Kenya Vision 2030.

Karuku says the company has employed over 1000 Kenyans, at the same time supporting over 80,000 business enterprises across the value chain, which include retailers, farmers, distributors and agents.

“This accounts for 2 per cent of the total employment in the country.”

“Our sustainability strategy features a raft of measures that we are undertaking in our efforts to invest in the community, promote responsible drinking and reduce operational and industrial impact to the environment,” she added.

 

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