Coconut has the advantage of having hundreds of uses owing to its duality as a food as well as an oilseed crop. It is a source of food, fibre, beverage, timber, and fuel. The various products of coconut other than coconut oil and copra (dried sections of the meat of the coconut) offer a vast scope for further development, value addition & commercialization.
The coconut sub-sector supports more than 150,000 households along Kenya’s coastal belt and has the potential of contributing slightly over Sh25 billion annually to the country’s GDP.
Coconut husks after extraction
Chonyi Coconut Producers Consortium (CPC), a limited Guarantee Company formed in 2020, has made its place in coconut value addition. The company brought together 450 coconut farmers from the County to produce coco pit organic fertilizer; which they have a ready market for, doormats and ropes from the coconut husks.
Mombasa/Kilifi team hosted officials of the group and sensitized them on registration with the office of the Registrar of MSEs. Once they are registered, the group will occupy Chonyi CIDC where they will be facilitated with necessary equipment and machinery by the Authority to realize the full value of the crop.
Historically, the main value-added products across the coconut value chain were coconut wine, nuts, brooms, and makutis. At the present, the Government has been promoting coconut oil extraction through the cold press method of drying the coconut grates in a drier and pressing them directly to produce oil. This cold-press method has been tested in counties like India with tremendous success.
Coconut is one of the local oil crops that offer the greatest potential in contributing to increased vegetable oil production, to levels of self-sufficiency.
MSEA Mombasa/Kilifi team posing with officials of Chonyi Coconut Producers Consortium during the site visit