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Sugarcane waste turns a tidy profit for juice-maker

Job Kanyi displays two brands of sugarcane juice in Nyeri on April 17, 2017. PHOTO | joseph wangui
Job Kanyi displays two brands of sugarcane juice in Nyeri on April 17, 2017. PHOTO | joseph wangui 

When he first started operating a sugarcane juice bar in Nyeri Town in 2014, disposal of cane bagasse was always a headache for Job Kanyi. 

He used to burn or throw away the bagasse in a nearby pit. But it took time to biodegrade and animals shun the tough fibre which is left after crushing and extraction of juice. 

Today, this problem has turned into a cash machine after it dawned on him that he could manufacture fertiliser he branded JOKA biochar and livestock supplements from the waste material.

“I started by making a small amount of supplement for my chicken as part of a pilot project lasting six months. After I reviewed production numbers, I realised there was a notable improvement,” he explains.