Nakuru News Today – Nakuru County is set to become an industrial hub following the announcement that the construction of the Egerton Agro City industrial park will begin in July. The project, which sits on a 250-acre piece of land inside the Egerton University Campus, is expected to trigger manufacturing, create employment for thousands of youth in Nakuru County, and provide aggregation centers for farm produce.
H.E. President William Ruto announced that he would join H.E. Governor Susan Kihika to launch the park in July. He praised Governor Kihika for providing 500 acres of land to augment the initial 250 acres on which the park will be constructed. The President revealed that already Sh1 billion has been set aside to ensure the construction of the industrial park begins earnestly with further allocation in the budget which will be read in June.
“Lord Egerton Agro-City Park embodies the vision of transforming Nakuru County into an industrial hub where our techno-savvy youth, women, professionals, and investors will interact to create a platform for “Made-in-Nakuru” manufacturing and innovations. The park is extremely suitable for food processing, assembling agriculture equipment, and a laboratory/research zone. Once completed, the park will attract banks, hotels, housing estates, and industries—whose net effect will be far-reaching economic and social benefits—cannot be far from the truth,” said Governor Kihika.
The industrial park will also provide farmers with aggregation centers for their farm harvests to solve the problem of post-harvest wastage.
In addition to the Egerton Agro City park, the KenGen Energy park has also been envisioned as the future of industrialization in Nakuru County, which at completion, will attract investors in manufacturing and other business entities that will provide employment to youths and exports to boost not only the economy of Nakuru County but Kenya as a whole.
During the announcement, President Ruto assured residents of Njoro and the entire Nakuru County that his administration was focusing on development. The upgrading of the Njoro-Beeston-Nessuit Road, the Beeston-Elburgon Road, and the tarmacking of the Mauche-Sururu Roads are among the projects he cited as evidence of his administration’s commitment to development.
“I have instructed (Transport and Roads Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba) Murkomen and his principal secretary to ensure that these roads are constructed and completed to help our farmers take their farm products to the market and open the area for trade. Kenya cannot advance without Nakuru developing,” said President Ruto. He was flanked by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Mr. Murkomen, and Lands Cabinet Secretary Zacharia Njeru among others.
Governor Kihika welcomed the President’s announcement and reiterated that the industrial park would create employment for thousands of youth in Nakuru County, trigger manufacturing, and provide aggregation centers for farm produce.
The completion of the Egerton Agro City industrial park will not only boost the economy of Nakuru County but also contribute to the growth of Kenya’s economy as a whole.
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