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Banana beer

Virtually any fruit or sugary plant sap can be processed into an alcoholic beverage.
The process is well known being essentially an alcoholic fermentation of sugars to yield
alcohol and carbon dioxide.

*It should be noted that alcohol
production requires special licences or is prohibited in many countries.

[A beer is basically an alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content of 4-6%. It’s followed by wines then whiskeys upwards in terms of alcohol content & finally ethanol at 100% alcohol]
Banana beer is probably the most wide spread alcoholic fruit drink in Africa
Banana beer is made from bananas, mixed with a cereal flour (often sorghum flour) and fermented to an orange alcoholic beverage. It is sweet and slightly hazy with a shelf-life of several days under correct storage conditions. There are many variations in how the beer is made.
For instance Urwaga banana beer in Kenya is made from bananas and sorghum or millet and Lubisi is made from bananas and sorghum Ripe bananas are selected & peeled. If the peels cannot be removed by hand then the bananas are not sufficiently ripe.

Process :
>Raw materials (Ripe bananas)
>Peel by hand
>Remove residue
>Use grass to knead or
squeeze out the juice
>Mix with water (The water:banana juice ratio should be 1:3)
>Mix with cereals
>Mix with ground and roasted cereals to local taste
>Ferment In plastic container.
(for 18 to 24 hours.)
>Filter through cotton cloth
>Store for its relatively
short shelf-life. Clean glass or
plastic bottles are used. (The product is kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight.)


* The only difference between traditional beers & commercial beers is commercial beers have been protected by law allowing for investment and modernization while traditional beers have been discouraged therefore killing investment in their growth.
>All commercial beers were once small scale traditional Brewers
>All commercial Brewers use agriculture products just as traditional brewers do
>Allowing growth of traditional variety of beers will add variety of products in market leading to competition, which inevitably leads to higher quality products and better pricing, more jobs for youth, increased demand for local farms produce(again more jobs for rural areas men, women and youth), more tax revenues for local governments from registered brewers. Is this what our leaders (education, business, or political) say they want for their countries?
> It also inevitably kills market for illegal unregulated brews saving resources spent on putting out small “fires” allowing for.concentration on activities that are national building 🙂
> Banana beer will make ethanol fuel production from banana peels (one of worlds largest source of alternative fuels) extra viable with potential to bring down fuel costs ie costs of living.
*All engine technologies using fuels, be they vehicles or machinery have began moving to fossil-biofuel(ethernal)/bio diesel engines to cut running costs. Adaptors are already commercially being made for heavy commercial trucks and engines so that engines automatically switch to biofuel on stabilization (bioAdaptor)
– For FULL LIST of vehicles that can run on 5%(E5) or 10%(E10) blend of ethanol (bioFuel) and Gasoline as acknowledged by vehicle manufacturer’s worldwide under UN ECE regulations – (see here) .
Does your vehicle fall in this list? ie meaning for every litre of petrol 10% can be ethanol (100% alcohol)
If that ethanol can be produced from banana beer waste ie peels, would fueling/driving cars be made cheaper?

adopted from value addition manuals from FAO and other web resources
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Do these figures Make sense to Kilome People?

Concepts are good, as what we use daily was first dreamt on by someone then made into reality.

OUR Dear City:
Project Cost:7 billion US Dollars to create 200,000 jobs

Average cost of Job :7billion USD(cost of city) divided by 200,000jobs =USD35,000 x ksh80 = ksh2.8million spent to create 1(one) job
Can somebody show me exactly how this job will create back Ksh2.8million plus interest on this borrowed money?
~ Ksh 4billion+ released through budget allocation since project began, visible on ground is a fence, launch plaque, and about 3metres of wall next to it.
~ Did I hear of law passed requiring 10% of tendering go to youth? 10% of 4billion is 400million Ksh, which youth received any of this?
~this 400million would provide 20,000 households within Kilome(that is every household/family of kilome) with personal 27,000ltr dams each within their shambas for irrigation (see example).*A concept done and working in kilome! That’s how to modernize agriculture ukambani…
*kilome has 19,631 households according to Kenya Bureau of statistics
*25% of total cost of city would give EVERY homestead in Makueni county, Machakos county, Kajiado county & Kitui county a greenhouse and a 125,000 Cubic metre dam each!

1. When you go ‘IT’, you eliminate boundaries as internet is worldwide!
Where as manual jobs are local in competition, IT opens up competition with the world ie over 2billion IT users worldwide – Have we prepared our people for this?
2. We expect to earn by companies operating here. They pay through 3 basic taxes
-Corporate tax minimum 30%(companies here have been exempted ie Not paying)
-Stamp duty minimum 2%(Companies here have been exempted)
-Vat 18% (Duty free for imports for business).
Where will country earn money to pay back this loan with No Taxes Paid?
*A business person will aim to import as much as they can to avoid tax on purchases!
3. When ‘development partners’ give loans most is for consultancy which they either provide themselves or push for their own to get. They have done superb +ve business in their books, we have to pay back plus interest, where are we earning in this picture?
4. The word ‘Jobs‘ is easily understandable though locals are now asking where they will fit in the class of Jobs according to standards set and here’s why
– most have never had electricity in their lives. I walk 2kms to charge my phone + 2kms back home as electricity runs mainly along main roads here.
– The city is IT based ie ‘information relayed via information technology’. *I personally have NEVER heard/seen a primary/secondary school in the whole region that is Internet Connected!
I went to Ministry of information to enquire about access of region to the fiber optic National Network that’s said to run through the center of Kilome along the main road (mombasa rd). Answer: we are yet to make last mile connection(5yrs later?)
But there is connection via Mobile Networks? First mobile phones are illegal in schools(therefore mobile internet ‘X’ through educational institutions), secondly I personally have attempted to update antivirus software via modems within the region very Unsuccessfully, beyond 20MegaBytes networks start disconnecting!
– So the city is IT based and it’s residents/neighbours are IT illiterate because of lack of access to Electricity & Internet connectivity. Therefore when Jobs become available ‘In the City’ they mostly will go to outsiders who are IT literate.
*Big question here is how we are preparing our citizens for this facility
5. Bufferzone for Konzacity is earmarked mainly for ‘modern agriculture’. Good, because most locals are farmers.
*BUT what no one is saying is who will teach the locals this modern agriculture, and who will foot the bill to teach? and if they are to be taught will they abandon their present shambas to practice it at Konza?

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Cleared storage space allows for a modern luxury cruise port(added targeted revenue stream) to be set up, increasing value addion in tourism for the whole coast region which translates to more jobs for the youth in the coast province as a whole while allowing port business go on.
It gives Mombasa county a new lease for planning of essential services as estates decongest off curb parking.
It also allows for expansion & modernisation of the port to carter for new port responsibilities like the Uganda oil and anticipated growth that will come from both Kenya, Uganda and it’s neighbour’s as a result of that resource being processed.

Reduced weight on road translates to reduced maintainance on this crucial highway. Reduced travel times for other road users also translates to a significant reduced import bill for fuels used travelling that in turn encourages more activity by those who use it as a link helping  spread economic growth.
On weekends between Nairobi and the proposed Konzacity is normally a jam with queues of 5+ lorries. This inland ports structure will ensure that the lorries skip Nbi-Mba road past Nairobi! ie no more jams on uhuru highway brought by transit trucks & their expenses estimated in the billions by world bank.

Once we start serving cheaper because of distance and time to access port from Kilome our southern neighbours 3 Northern cities (Moshi,Arusha & Mwanza) will find it more convinient and cheaper to export/important through Kilome. This means revenue that would have gone to Dar port ALL goes to Kenya Ports while putting in check their advancements on our landlocked neighbours as an alternative exit route.

Job creation for kilome, makueni, kajiado and upper coast. More…

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