Foreign partners wishing to set up ventures in Uasin Gishu should ensure they transfer knowledge, skills and where possibly hire local expertise, Uasin Gish Governor, Jackson Mandago, EGH has said.
Mandago was addressing a Chinese delegation which paid a courtesy call to his offices on Friday.
Sino- Kenya Modern Industrial Park, a Chinese company is seeking to establish a partnership with Uasin Gishu farmer for breeding and cultivation of silkworm whose cocoons are used in the manufacturing of silk.
This partnership will see the investor train local farmers on cultivation of Mulberry plants on which silkworms breed.
“We welcome you to Uasin Gishu County. My government is committed to ensuring you have a favorable environment for establishing your ventures,” The Governor said.
Mandago also urged to incorporate locals in their project right from inception in order to ease adoption and adaptation.
“As a government, we insist on technology and skills transfer as part of benefits to the locals,” Mandago said.
Also speaking during the event, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno reiterated the county government’s clarion call for high-value agriculture and especially cash crop farming. The Chinese investor seeks to establish a 200-acre silkworm farm in partnership with local farmers and later a silk processing factory at The African Economic Zone, Plateau, Kesses Sub- County.
Mandago also asked the investors to enlighten local farmers on the economies of scale, turn-overs and profit margins so that farmers may make a comparative analysis with other crops.
Later on, Governor took the Chinese delegation to a demonstration farm at the Eldoret ASK showground where the county department of Agriculture has cultivated Mulberry plants.
Present during the courtesy call were CEC Agriculture Barnabas Yego, and Dr. Emily Kogos ( Trade)