We work with farmers across the Eastern Africa region to source the best quality oil crops such as: Peanuts (Groundnuts), Sesame (Simsim), Macadamia, Soybean, Stone Nuts, and Sunflower. We also do value addition on these products to get the best possible value from these crops i.e soy milk and flour for Soybean, and edible oil in the case of Sesame, Sunflower, and Peanuts. These oil crops are also very resilient and are cultivated in areas that received rainfall as little as 450 mm per year, especially in the case of Sunflower and Sesame.
Soybeans are processed for their oil and protein for both animal feed industry and human consumption. With value addition, Soybean can be processed to produce: soy milk, soy flour, soy protein and many retail food products.
GROUND NUTS (PEANUTS)
Peanut is rich in oil 38-50%, protein 25%, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins. It is also believed to have some medicinal value particularly in the treatment of diarrhea and haemophilia. Ground nuts can be eaten raw, as a roasted snack, or be used in making confectionary products. Other known uses of peanuts have been in making soups, and sauces to accompany meat and starchy dishes.
While macadamia may not be every farmer’s favorite, it is actually a lucrative agribusiness venture, where nut processing companies in Kenya, and globally provide direct market for nuts at a competitive price. With value addition, macadamia is widely used in confectionery, cakes, ice creams and cookies. Macadamia cake a by-product of macadamia oil extraction is a very nutritious feed for livestock. The available varieties in Kenya are: MRG 20, KRG15, KMB 3, EMB1
Sunflower grows well in semi arable conditions as it requires minimal supply of rainfall and nutrients than maize, requiring just 450 mm of rainfall. However, it will still grow well in areas where maize and beans are grown. Most Kenyan varieties are grown by farmers in Bungoma, Kakamega and Meru.
Sesamum indicum, or sesame also known locally as Simsim is valued for its oil. It is also a good source of food and can be taken both raw or roasted. Sesame is widely used in baking (bread, scones and buns), and other food preparations.
Sesame’s oil is clear, edible and has a pleasant taste. It has an oil content of 48% – 55% which is the highest of any oil crop, while the protein content ranges from 44% to 48%. We source our sesame from farmers across the region (East African) mostly in Coastal counties of Kenya and Somalia.