27/02/2008 (KBC) - Palm oil production may be a successful business venture in the country in the coming years.
A research currently being undertaken by KARI, Food Agriculture Organization FOA, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate service-KEPHIS and Mumias Sugar Company, under the ministry of Agriculture has shown that the trees are doing well in Western Kenya and will help cut down imports from Malaysia.
Kenya imports palm oil from Malaysia at a cost of 14 billion shillings per year.
The government recently initiated a research project in western Kenya to test the viability of growing the precious commodity in the country.
Following a research by KARI, two palm oil species known as Deli Ghana and Bamenda Ekona have been found to do well in Western Kenya.
According to the director of Kenya research institute- KARI- Dr Ephraim Mukisira the seedlings will be sold at a subsidized price of 100 shillings per seedling.
This he said was nothing compared to the income the crop will fetch for the farmer when the Palm Oil is of age.
If successful the project will supplement farmers sugar cane income.
The director was speaking during an inspection tour of palm oil nurseries in Kakamega town.
Palm oil is used to manufacture Soap and Edible oils.