Trade Cabinet Secretary yesterday launched the 5th County Aggregation and Industrial Park(CAIP) in Trans Nzoia County, a facility meant to revolutionize both the agricultural and industrial sectors in the region.
The park will be built on a 100-acre parcel of land in the Endebess Constituency, which has been hived off by the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) – Namandala.
The ambitious project, which is set to be co-funded by the national government and the county, has received a major boost from President William Ruto, who directed the ADC to provide the land for the facility.
”I have given directives to the contractor that we have no time to waste and we must have the project completed with minimum time possible. Our commitment to value addition and getting markets for our produce is so focused as directed by the His Excellency the President,” CS Kuria said during the groundbreaking ceremony, also attended by Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya.
President Ruto in July pledged Sh250 million towards the project, and Governor George Natembeya announced that the county government would match that amount, bringing the total funding to Sh500 million.
The industrial park, once complete, will provide Trans Nzoia County farmers with a centralized platform to aggregate their produce and directly connect with markets to eliminate exploitative brokers and middlemen.