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Vihiga receives Sh 102M grant to boost Horticulture

06 November 2013, 19:29 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Vihiga County government has received a grant worth Ksh 102 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help initiate and boost horticulture in the county.

The governor revealed that the foundation had identified horticulture as a potential area of investment in the county and had resorted to help start it and woo residents into investing in it.

“The county is a potential horticultural zone due to its proximity to the Kisumu International Airport and the fact that we have small farms around which cannot be used for large scale farming,” said Akaranga.

He said that horticultural farming was a better alternative for the county as it will help the residents who are reliant on maize farming, to concentrate on other farming methods available in the country.

Akaranga said that the money will be channelled through the agriculture department so that residents can be able to access it and utilise it.

“We are going to work on the mechanisms of distributing the funds to the residents so that everybody can equally benefit within the county. We have enough rainfall per year and thus we will be able to prosper in the venture,” he said.      

The governor spoke to journalists yesterday in his office at the county headquarters where he further revealed that during his tour to Germany,he had created ties with Frankfurt, Strausberg and Berlin chambers of commerce to help identify investors for the county.

“The three chambers of commerce will help build the capacity of Vihiga County Chamber of Commerce to be active and operational in order to meet the demands of the growing County economy,” he said.

He also said that they will help to develop training programs that will impart entrepreneurial skills such as masonry, engineering, carpentry, ICT, plumbing, building and construction, printing, metal work and other self employment trades.

Akaranga said that they had agreed to train some individuals who will act as the trainers back in the county after acquiring sufficient skills from abroad.

“We have also opened a secretariat in Berlin that will help to coordinate the activities of our investors so that they can live to their word of helping us to actualise our goals,” he said.


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