The County Government of Nandi has officially commissioned a cold storage facility at Kibyuk Trading center after a successful 7 month pilot phase. During this time, they have successfully registered over 1000 farmers with 850 of them delivering produce to the facility regularly.
The project implemented in partnership with Meru Greens Limited and supported by Dutch NGO SNV has seen farmers sell more than 10 Million shillings worth of French beans to Meru Greens EPZ Limited who process and sell the same to buyers in Germany, France and Belgium.
Speaking at the function, Governor Stephen Arap Sang reiterated the importance of farmers focusing on commercial agriculture to better their living standards. He encouraged farmers to further diversify to crops which perform well on small tracts of land. He lauded Meru Greens for the effort put into training farmers on proper practices as well as ensuring they got their dues.
The Meru Greens representative lauded the County Government for embracing the project which is jointly driven by the departments of Agriculture & Cooperatives and Trade, Investment and Industrialization. He said that the company was looking at making the county it’s anchor supplier with production increasing to 1000 Tonnes (1,000,000 Kgs) worth 40 Million shillings in the next one year.
Also present at the event was the acting Dutch ambassador to Kenya and other Nandi County representatives.