Pyrethrum farmers in Nyandarua farmers may soon heave a sigh of relief, following talks between the County Government and the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZ-A).
Representatives of EPZ-A met with His Excellency Governor Francis T. Kimemia a short while ago in his office in Ol’Kalou.
EPZ-A head Mr. Fanuel Kidenda noted that Nyandarua has vast land for development in the troubled sub-sector.
“Organizations such as Centum have focused on Nyandarua due to its vast land. We would not like to be left behind,” he said.
His Excellency Governor Kimemia assured the EPZ-A that his government shall give 800 acres in Oljoro-orok Sub-County – through the Pyrethrum Board Kenya – as an initial step towards the revival of the sub-sector, under the EPZ-A.
A technical team from the EPZ-A is scheduled to visit the land next week for a feasibility study and develop a master plan.
The previously vibrant sub-sector – in which Nyandarua was dominant – has been plagued by graft and aborted State-driven reforms.
“I want to support such investments in Nyandarua fully. We have set aside 200 acres in Flyover, Magumu Ward where we shall put up an airstrip to support transport and communication needs that may follow such huge investments in Nyandarua,” said the Governor.
Further, the Governor asked the EPZ-A team to employ local youths and women under the project.
“The two constitute our biggest disadvantaged groups in the County. No development should be done without them,” he warned.
The County Government and EPZ-A agreed to set aside 1,600 positions for the two groups.
The EPZ-A has a similar understanding on jobs with a neighboring County.
Also present at the meeting were Deputy Governor Her Excellency (Mrs.) Cecilia Mbuthia and the County Executive Committee member in charge of Industrialization, Co-operatives Development, Trade and Enterprise, Hon. Judy Mwangi.