Coffee factories in Kisii and Nyamira face closure over environmental pollution
SEE ALSO :Nema should do more to stem pollutionHe noted that most tea factories in the two counties had adhered to environment guidelines by having in built waste management and effluent treatment plants. Concerns about the outdated coffee factories were captured in a report by a task force formed by Kisii Governor James Ongwae in 2013 to look into the challenges facing the coffee industry. The task force recommended that the county government conducts an audit and needs assessment of machinery of all the factories and also assist in the establishment of modern coffee processing factories. Nema Chief Enforcement Officer Robert Orina urged factories to put the necessary waste disposal infrastructure in place and not wait to face legal action. “Installation of effluent treatment plants is key in utilisation of waste which could turn out to be a resource through recycling of waste. What was initially seen as a burden to the factories could turn out to be a cost cutting measure, a raw material or a source of revenue,” he said. Factories in the region include Kebacha, Ngege, Kiogo, Enkurongo and Nyabonge.
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