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NGPU 17/06/2019

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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