Murara Plants back in the spotlight as it wins second prestigious accolade within three weeks

HilverdaFlorist’s Kericho-based cuttings farm Murara Plants Ltd was among Kenya’s 2023 Energy Management Awards (EMA) winners.

Less than three weeks after winning Kenya’s Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services Award, Murara Plants was back in the spotlight again on 12 May.

In Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel the company received the 2023 Energy Management Award in the category Best Practice in Renewable Energy for Small Consumers.

Presented by the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers (KAM) with the support of Kenya’s Ministry of Energy, the annual awards promote excellence in energy management and recognise companies that have significantly reduced energy consumption by implementing energy-efficient measures and technologies.

Implementing several energy-saving measures including solar power, using modern energy-saving bulbs and employee training on energy management and conservation measures, helped Murara Plants reduce energy usage by 42 per cent.

The organisation’s exemplary performance in the renewable energy category was demonstrated through the successful audits conducted, placing Murara Plants at the forefront as the best practice.

Nestled at an altitude of 2,100 metres in Kericho’s highlands, to the west of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, Murara Plants grows cuttings for cut flowers, bedding plants and perennial plant customers with The Mau Forest and and tea plantations as a backdrop.

The cuttings farm adheres to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles and runs several community and welfare projects. The company implements measures that will positively impact workplace health and safety including the training of its employees to understand better the relevant health and safety legislation, their legal rights and responsibilities, and learn more about hygiene protocols, HIV/AIDS, and Covid-19.

Moreover, Murara provides housing and individual kitchen gardens to promote growing vegetables and a sufficient supply of clean water free of charge.

At the site in Kericho, there’s a modern child care centre where employees’ children between the age of 6 months to three years are taken care of. Children can also stay at a preschool until they start school at five.

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