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Kwale government set aside KES46 million for Jua Kali sector

10 July 2014, 18:31 John Kioko

Kwale - Government has set aside KES46 million to support Jua Kali traders in the area, governor Salim Mvurya has said.

He said that his government has put consideration to improve the Jua Kali sector which is very important to the economy of the region.

Addressing Jua Kali groups at Matuga School of Government during the first Jua Kali devolution dialogue forum on Wednesday, Mvurya said that his government has prioritized using the available resources to eliminate poverty.

He said that the region is one of the poorest counties with 71 people living in poverty while it is rich in natural resources.

“The amount we have set for Jua Kali sector will help constructing Jua Kali sheds and market where traders can use to display their products”

he added.

Mvurya who is also the Jua Kali chairman said he fully support the sector noting that his government will help in training ,improving small industries and buying machines for traders to do business.

“We will help you and serve you because that is what the law says. I have seen your memorandum and be assured we will help you,” he added.

Governor Mvurya said that his government will work towards ensuring they add value to small resources available in the area.

He said that the county cannot go far in development if small resources are not value added and sold to benefit locals.

“For example Silica sand which is transported outside the county, we can do our best to process it here for the benefit or Kwale people through value addition,” he noted.

 Mvurya also promised Jua Kali traders that his government will sponsor them to ensure they take their products to East Africa exhibition to sell them there very soon.

“We urge you to join cooperatives because it is through that where middle men will not exploit you as it is now. You will be able to set a uniform price of your products and avoid being misused by greedy brokers,” he said.

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