Kilifi plantations Ltd is located at 360˚N within Kilifi County.
Kilifi plantation ltd was established in 1920 as a sisal plantation, it was privately bought in 1963 and today remains an ongoing agricultural business.
Sisal is a natural vegetable fiber which can be obtained from the leaves of Agave (Agave sisalana) plant and is considered as an economic fibers in several countries which include Kenya, Tanzania, China and Brazil. In Kenya sisal is the sixth most important cash crop coming after tea, coffee, sugar, pyrethrum and cotton. The sisal growing and processing industry in Kenya can be traced back to 1914, when the first sisal growing firm was established in Thika. The industry grew by leaps and bounds in the first 50 years characterized by a rapid increase in acreage and quantity of sisal exported.Sisal Production in Kilifi Plantation Ltd stated in 1926 as a sisal plantation .
Sisal Fibre is extracted from the leaves of the Agave sisalana plant by the decorticator machine and its is cultivated, harvested and produced as raw material and sisal ropes used to produce high quality ropes and papermaking pulp. Sisal Ropes and pulp has certain characteristics such as high tear resistance, high alpha cellulose content, high porosity, high bulk, high absorbency and high folding endurance which make sisal pulp suitable for many specialty papers. Also, because sisal pulp has physical properties superior to softwood kraft pulp, there may be opportunities to cost effectively replace softwood kraft with sisal pulp in commodity papers. For example, sisal pulp may be used as a reinforcing fibre in high recycle content papers, or its use may permit basis weight reductions while maintaining product quality.
We produce over 3,000 tonnes of sisal annually for export and employs over 300 people in our farm. The growth of sisal in non traditional markets is growing the demand and profitability of the crop.