The Uasin Gishu County and North Rift traders at large are set to benefit from the construction of a multimillion Kimumu-Bahati wholesale market, Kimumu Ward Moiben Sub-county.
The market will be the first in the Noreb region with the construction of four cold rooms which will see the storage and distribution of fresh produces to various markets.
The cold storages according to the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Asals Hon Eugene Wamalwa will cushion farmers who practice perishable produce to realize value addition for their crops.
Wamalwa while speaking on Thursday during the groundbreaking ceremony of the market said most of the farmers in the NOREB region have embraced diversification and the need to have a modern market is paramount.
“There will be improved earning and of course the livelihoods will appreciate some changes”
“…..This is part of empowerment and to make sure that devolution is working,” added Wamalwa
On his part, while delivering Governor Jackson Mandago’s speech, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said diversification has rooted in the farmers’ minds and with the modern market, perishable products will be exported with ease.
With the Eldoret international airport in place, there’s need to utilize the space when the airplanes deliver luggage from Europe and the Middle East”
“There are at least 5 flights in a week, so there is a need to make use of the spaces by exporting our produces,” said Chemno
The European Ambassador to Kenya H.E Simon Mordue said Uasin Gishu County is among the 15 counties that we’re chosen to benefit from the initiative.
He further said the EU is not only supporting the construction of the modern market in the county but also funding the solar power project that is going to benefit 280,000 households
County CECM in charge of ICT Trade and Industrialization Dr. Emily Kogos said the project is going to be a relief to traders since it will decongest the CBD as well as see those operating along the roadsides get allocation inside the market.
The market upon its completion in June 2020 is projected to not only house at least 2000 traders but offer job employment to many.
Other high ranking officials at the event were Devolution PS Charles Sunkuli, County Secretary Edwin Bett, NOREB Ag. CEO Dr. Dominic Biwott, Trade Director Kipleting Mengich and Area MCA Sarah Malel.