The following is an analysis of various agricultural efforts made my counties around the country in Kenya. Read and enjoy!
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Nyeri County has a population of 693,558 people according to recent statistics from the county offices. She produces 6,000 MT of coffee every year.
Incentives Provided by Nyeri County Government to Agribusiness People
- Hosting of Investor conference
- Minimum approval of construction plans with a minimum of 2 weeks
- Agribusiness Park: Special production zone. This is a 25 acre farmer where fresh produce and value addition is done.
- Generation of Energy from bio-degradable waste
- E-extension: the county will use IT to educate farmers on agricultural practices.
Public Private Partnerships Opportunities in Nyeri
- Construction of a 6 Mega dams- 4 in Aberdares and 2 in Mt. Kenya
- Hydro-power generation stations and subsequent connectivity to the National grid
The governor His Excellence William Kabogo was represented by Dr. Monicah Waiganjo. The county has a population of 1,623,000 people.
a) Rabbit Production
Approximately 300 rabbit farmers trained on best practices in the industry.
b) Fish Farming
There are 311 fish farmers in Kiambu County and the number is ever increasing.
Projects Going on in Kiambu
· In-vitro tissue culture hardening nursery for a youth group at Gatundu South. This is supported by JKUAT/KARI. Israel Green 2000 is providing support for establishment of Training Centers in the County. Strategic location through being near to Nairobi and the readily accessible markets in Nairobi. Maisha Mills and Brookside Dairy Limited are some of the leading private firms in Kiambu County.
There is a concern that fertile land in most counties are being converted into real estate. This will have a great impact in attaining food security in Kenya.
Prof. Goland Mwangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Extension raised his concerns that over 60% of the milk supplied in the country contains formalin as a preservative. This is quite shocking! The excuse given for that dangerous practice is that they do not have the modern equipment for milk preservation. This is an area where entrepreneurs from the milk producing counties in the county can invest in.
· Provision of private driers to farmers in the county (Technoserve)
· A sugar factory will be constructed at Chemase location in Tinderet. This is an opportunity for farmers to get good income from the sugar sector.
“Our biggest challenge in doing business is poor infrastructure- roads”
-Farid Mohammed, Lesiolo Grain Handlers
“Yellow maize is good, healthier for animal feed production.” –Nick Hutchson, Managing Director Unga Group Ltd.
“At BIDCO, we extract oil from sunflower and soya beans.” Mr. Vimal Shah, Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd
Currently, there are 40 million people in Kenya, this will shoot to 60 million people by 2030. All these people need food.
Nairobi Fruits and Vegetables
Exporters should know the International quality standards. Large Fruits and Vegetables producers in Nairobi are: Sunripe, William and Vitacress.
The following are the main fresh produce buyers in Nairobi: Nakumatt, Uchumi, Safeways, Tuskys, Fresh ‘n’ Juice, Hotel Chains, local markets (Githurai, Kangemi, Kiserian, Gikomba, and City Park markets). There are hawkers on the streets who also supply fresh produce to the city residents. These people should be organized to work more efficiently in reaching the buyers. The county government of Nairobi is planning to relocate the Wakulima market to Eastlands.
We will update you on the opportunities available in other counties in terms of shared value.