12/04/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2019 16:53
Nakuru, Kenya 4th December 2019 - Bidco Land O'Lakes has officially opened its new state-of-the-art manufacturing animal feed plant in Nakuru. Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's largest farmer-owned cooperatives and a leader in global animal nutrition, and Bidco Africa, one of East Africa's leading consumer product companies, have invested an estimated USD 12 million into the plant. The animal feed business aims to produce over 28 metric tons per hour of animal nutrition products. The fully automated plant helps to ensure quality and accuracy in production, and reduce the chance of human error. The world-class capabilities will offer Kenyan farmers products designed to help them deliver on quality and performance.
'We are excited and proud to open this facility, a strategic move to invest in the East Africa region. In offering our products and services, we will be able to help Kenyan farmers with the latest tools and technology to help advance their livelihoods,' said Dave Hoogmoed, Executive Vice President of Land O'Lakes, Inc. 'Animal food production is rapidly moving forward in Kenya and the Bidco Land O'Lakes team is focused and excited to be working with farmers. They are leveraging our company's experience, knowledge and technology to help farmers optimize production and focus on return-on-investment.'
In addition to Bidco Feeds brand, the plant has added new Land O'Lakes Advanced Nutrition products to target progressive livestock producers whose focus is high performance and productivity from their animals. Bidco Land O'Lakes plans to introduce four new products: Pro Calf Starter, Pro Heifer Developer, Pig Starter 4-4-4 and Pro Calf Milk Replacer, with other products to follow soon.
Processing at the plant will follow rigorous standards, including testing ingredients for quality, and testing for the right mix of nutritional elements (for example, percent of protein, amino acids, etc.). These products are specially formulated to help provide livestock animals with the right nutrition to optimize production - more eggs, optimal egg quality, milk production and growth.
The opening of this plant also contributes to the Manufacturing pillar of the Presidency's Big Four Agenda. The Manufacturing sector plays a critical role in any economy through creation of productive employment and opportunities for wealth generation with direct linkages to all sectors of the economy. Bidco Land O'Lakes will actively endeavour to tap into and grow its impact in the industry and country in general.