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20 Jun
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Salgaa Set To Be An Industrial Hub

The County Government of Nakuru will designate Salgaa area as an industrial area as Nakuru town inches closer to being a City.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the move is intended to protect the environment in Nakuru town and especially the Lake which is a key tourist attraction.

The Governor said new investors will be encouraged to set their industries in the fast-growing locality located along the busy Nakuru -Eldoret Road.

He advised potential investors to take advantage of the expansive and low land prices in the area as compared to Nakuru town.

The County Government, the Governor said, will improve the road network in Salgaa and near the Highway to make it more suitable for investors.

“We want to draw our industries out of town and investors should take advantage of the friendly business environment in this area and set up their business here,” he added

The Governor was speaking today after touring the multi-billion Simba Cement Factory which is expected to start it’s operations next month.

He later toured the neighboring Mega Paper and Boards Company which produces corrugated cartons and various papers used in packaging different products.

The Governor said the reduction of duty on imported paper from 30 %to 10 % poses a major threat to the local paper manufacturing sector.

“I will raise the issue with the national Government to ensure our manufacturers are protected from unfair competition,” he said

The Company produces corrugated cartons and various papers used in packaging of different products from waste.

The Governor said the County will soon have a better-organized waste management program at the Giotto dumpsite.

He concluded his day-long industrial tour by visiting Mea Fertilizer Ltd, situated in Nakuru town’s industrial area, where he said the County Government will ensure farmers have access to quality farm inputs for better yields.

The Governor was accompanied by among others CECMs Mr.Raymond Komen (Trade and Tourism) and Dr. Immaculate Maina(Agriculture and Fisheries).

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17 Jun
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Governor Lee Kinyanjui roots for sustainable ways to save timber industry

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has appealed to the National Government to find sustainable ways to save the timber industry.

Speaking during a meeting with Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives CS Peter Munya, the Governor said the relevant departments should invest in reliable data that will help track forest cover to help in planning and decision making by the government and manufacturers.

“There are no elaborate plans yet to recover forest cover. Those in the timber industry can be engaged to help plant trees as lasting ways are devised to manage integrity in terms of harvesting timber,” Governor Kinyanjui said.

At the same time, the Governor promised to work together with the National Government to ensure locals benefit from the upcoming industrial park in Naivasha as well as the proper planning of the entire area.

“As a County, we are excited about the upcoming industrial park in Naivasha and the opportunities it will present to us which includes improving the region’s economy, offering employment to the youth and acting as a catalyst for value addition,” he said.

CS Munya pledged to work with the County Government in the establishment of the industrial park to ensure local investors take advantage of available opportunities

The County boss further reiterated his administration’s support of the factories that have set up in Nakuru County by providing a conducive business environment for them.

There are many industries that are coming up in Nakuru including a cement factory, milk processing plant in Salgaa and fertilizer factory by MEA Ltd. Existing factories like Bedi Fabric, Oserian Park and Njoro Canning are expanding their operations.

“We are also supporting institutions such as KITI to equip the youth with relevant skills that will help them get opportunities in the upcoming industries.”

He urged the ministry to align the industrial strategy with Agriculture citing an example of boosting cotton growing to meet demand by textile industries that are growing in number.

Currently, cotton is being imported from neighboring countries.

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