News Categories: Business

17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

4000 traders receive Covid-19 protective gears from County Government

Nakuru County Government has distributed COVID-19 protective gears and sanitizers to 4000 traders in Afraha Annex market.

This is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s administration to support and give incentives to small-scale businesses, to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19.

Trade, Tourism and Cooperative Chief Officer Hussein Mohammed said the department will leverage on the recently signed Enterprise fund and the Cooperative Revolving Fund Bills to cushion small scale traders from adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic.

β€œThe cooperative Fund Act and the Enterprise Fund Act will provide affordable loans to SMEs and cooperatives hence facilitating their growth,” Hussein said

Speaking during the donation of Covid-19 protective gears and sanitizers to traders at Afraha annex, Hussein said the county is committed to curbing the spread of Covid-19 among the traders.

The officer said the county has started training traders on how to safely handle food and how to effectively use coronavirus protective gear.

At the event, traders thanked Governor Kinyanjui for his efforts to protect the county residents during these hard times of the pandemic.

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14 Jul
By: NGPU 0

County to set up agro-processing plant in Kabazi

The County Government through a technical committee will oversee the establishment of an agro-processing plant in Kabazi in a move geared towards the economic empowerment of Kabazi residents through agri-business.

The committee led by the County Director of Trade Ms. Dorcas Njeri and her counterparts from the Agriculture department will handle the issue which relates to the value addition of agricultural commodities in the County.

The project by the County government is done in conjunction with Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC).

This comes even as Nakuru County under the leadership of H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui recently launched a sustainable campaign to revitalize avocado farming in a bid to unlock untapped potential running into billions of shillings in the regional and international markets.

The committee will work with a multi-stakeholder committee comprising of churches in the region as trustees to help realize the achievement of the project.

County Director of Trade Ms. Dorcas Njeri said ICDL will carry out the feasibility study of the project while the County government will provide them with secondary data to supplement primary data that will be collected during the survey.

β€œ As a department of trade, we will be linking the farmers, traders with the national agencies like the ICDC and also through the finance bill and a cooperative bill recently signed into law by the governor we will be able to offer loaning facilities to traders and farmers to help them realize such objectives in value addition,” said Ms. Dorcas.

Though the proposed project will be based in Kabazi ward, the committee said the agro-processing plant will have the capacity to serve other surrounding sub-counties and even other neighboring Counties.

County Agriculture Development Officer Mr. Patrick Kinyanjui however called on the need for farmer-based cooperative to collaborate with ICDL in establishing the pant to promote ownership by the community.

Other technical committee members who attended the meeting include former Permanent Secretary Madam Joyce Nyamwea, MCA Peter Mbae, John Ndungu ICDL representative, and other church representatives led by their chairman Fr. Francis Ndegwa of Catholic Church.

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