Multibillion Company Toyota Tsusho East Africa Limited has relocated their agricultural division from Nairobi to Nakuru town.
The move comes on the heels of a report by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics that placed Nakuru as the second richest County with a Gross County product of 6.1 percent.
During the launch of the new office in Nakuru town, Deputy Governor Dr Eric Korir commended the company for investing in Nakuru.
He added that the investment is timely since Nakuru County is the bread basket of Kenya and the gate way to the North and South Rift region.
“Our town is placed in a very strategic place and we guarantee that Toyota Tsusho will reap big in this investment” Dr Korir noted.
Recently, Nakuru County has seen investment of over 10 billion. Some of the new companies include National Cement Ltd, Daima milk, Egerton pension mall and Kenya women holdings mall.
This year the County expects the Royal group Company and the Pyrethrum processing Company at Oserian to set up shop in Nakuru.
At the same time, Dr Korir said the County Government is keen to see the completion of the airport which will make the County a preferred destination to do business.
In his speech, Toyota Tsusho General Manager Mr Ian Allen said the company has identified Nakuru as the agricultural hub of the country, hence the decision to have the head office in Nakuru town.
We also realized that all our potential customers in the agricultural areas are within reach since it takes about two to three hours to get to the major towns. This is very good for our business,” stated Mr Allen.
According to him, Toyota Tsusho has introduced a mini tractor that is complete with other implements.
Mr Allen said the tractor will attract the youth and women who are likely to find the big tractors tedious, as well as ease movement in small parcels of land.
The company also sells fertilizer among other farm inputs as it aims to provide a holistic solution to farmers in Nakuru County and the country at large.