Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, Principal Secretary Ministry of Mining, reiterated Kenya’s endowment with rich mineral resource that if exported as finished product has the potential to greatly improve the country’s revenue earning..
In light of the above, the PS said the Ministry seeks to embrace modern technologies in mining; machine that can process and separate ore with different individual metals that include copper, gold, lead and silver. “The machines will not only increase production but will also expedite the mineral processing for artisanal miners in particular”, he added.
Dr. Ibrahim was speaking last week at the Canadian pavilion during this year’s Indaba Conference at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC). The PS exchanged ideas with Mr. Ryan McEachern, Managing Director, and MSTA Canada on how best Kenya can benefit from the advanced mining technology in Canada to promote artisanal miners in Kenya.
The PS underscored the importance of improving technology for the Artisanal miners in particular saying that they had a huge potential to transform the Sector but lack of modern mining equipment and technical capacity impedes this noble course.
He said it was prudent for mining as an economic activity to embrace comprehensive technological advancement that starts with the exploration, exploitation and value addition.
Dr. Ibrahim said such technology and equipment should be simple and affordable if artisanal miners are to maximize on minerals extraction as well as guarantee their safety. Similarly, the technology must be environmentally friendly and afford enhanced capacity for sustainable mining.
The advanced mining technology for artisanal miners will enhance their capacity and hence increase their contribution towards the national economic growth. The improve earnings will ultimately improve the Sector’s position to become the highest revenue earner for the country.
Mr. Ryan McEachern took the PS through advance technology used in Canada that can greatly improve the artisanal miners; he said that machine can separate polymetallic ores individual metal simultaneously.