Animal health and farm inputs firm Cooper K-Brands is set to unveil a Ksh. 700 million industrial park at Kiambu County’s Tatu City next month in an effort to expand its local footprint and revenue collection streams.
According to a news report by the Business Daily, the park, which sits on six acres of land, comes with both a production and packaging line and it will principally be used to manufacture farm and animal related products. Only 20 people will run operations at the industrial park which has integrated solar energy into its design to endorse clean and renewable energy.
“The new industrial production plant will primarily be used to manufacture mineral salts and nutritional products for dairy and poultry products such as Maclik dairy salt and Kupa Kula minerals brands,” Cooper K-Brands Group Managing Director Mucai Kunyiha is quoted as having said by the Business Daily.
Mr. Kunyiha also revealed that the venture was successful due to the firm partnering with local and international stakeholders.
“We broke the ground last year for the construction after securing funds from I&M Bank and Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund,” he added.
Majority of Kenyans in rural areas rely on agriculture as a means of livelihood and the move by Cooper K-Brands is set to increase competition in the country’s agricultural industry which is home to other local and international manufacturers such as FIPS –Africa and ICIPE. The competition between these companies has been centered mostly on pricing.
Cooper K-Brands is well known for its brands such as Maclicks, Kupa Kula, coopers milking salve, Kupa Cide, Triatix stock spray, Grenade and dewormer products such as Nefluk and Nilzan Super, Nilzan Bolus and Nilzan. Currently, Cooper K-Brands has 200 employees spread across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.