Local Jua Kali Artisans to Manufacture Cooking Oil Dispensing Machines for Govt Backed Mama Pima

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Trade CS Moses Kuria on Monday launched the Mama-Pima cooking oil dispenser in Dagoretti, Nairobi County, aimed at enabling Kenyans to purchase cooking oil in small quantities and at more affordable rates than the prevailing market prices. 

Apart from enabling Kenyans to purchase cooking oil in affordable quantities, local artisans will also get an avenue of employment by helping manufacture and maintain the cooking oil dispensing machines as well as the containers that will be spread across the country.

”I have also instructed, the Kenya National trading corporation to make sure all the dispensing machines and containers are manufactured locally by our jua kali artisans,” CS Kuria said during the launch.

CS for Cooperatives and Micro and Small Enterprise Simon Chelugui, who accompanied the Trade CS to the launch, urged women and youth groups to apply for Group Hustler Fund and be able to purchase these machines and set up businesses in their areas.

Kenya currently imports edible oils to a tune of more than 100 Billion per year and the Kenya Kwanza administration aims to stop this by empowering Kenyan farmers to grow palm oil trees, in partnership with the counties.

The initiative will be a joint move between Kenya and Indonesia and will target Homabay, Lamu, and Tharaka Nithi counties.

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