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After planting out from the nursery, the plants are in the field for 2-3 years and once the leaves are over 60cms in length, the plants are then cut for the first time. Once the fibre has been extracted, it is dried on racks in the sun, washed, machine brushed and then baled.
The washing of the fibre during processing ensures that the fibre once dried in the sun is a natural light creamy white colour. The machine brushing reduces the level of impurities to below 1% for UG grade, which is the biggest grade produced by the farms.
The productive life of the Sisal Plant is between 7 – 10 years.
Today, African sisal is used for a range of high-quality products, including:
-Specialty pulp and
papers such as filter and condenser papers.
-Sisal buffing cloth and geotextiles
-High end carpets and wall coverings
-For the reinforcement of Plaster of Paris/Gypsum products
-Yarns for wire rope cores, as well as for a range of handicrafts, exfoliation bath products and cat scratchers.
We produce in Kenya (baled in standard 250kgs): No.1, No.2, No.3L, No.3, UG (also baled in 100kgs), SSUG (also baled in 100kgs), UHDS