Looming plastics ban offers chance to revive sisal sector, investors say

A worker at a sisal processing plant. FILE PHOTO  | NMG
A worker at a sisal processing plant. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The looming ban on manufacture and import of plastic bags has been welcomed by stakeholders and experts in the sisal industry.

Investors in the industry say plastics have taken a big proportion of the packaging market and have contributed to the decline of sisal sector. The ban will help to revive the fibre crop, they say.

Led by the interim head of the Fibre Crops Directorate, Mr Anthony Muriithi, they said sisal can be used as an alternative and thus offers a chance to restore the sector.

Mr Muriithi noted that in 2016, Kenya produced 21,459.61 metric tonnes valued at Sh4.2 billion. He pointed out that the coastal region leads in production, with big sisal estates in Kilifi, Vipingo, Voi and Taita.