- Kuria will be accompanied by Governor Paul Otuoma and his deputy Arthur Odera among other county and national government officials.
- The investment is part of a plan by the national government to establish an Industrial Park in every county.
Trade CS Moses Kuria will Friday officiate the groundbreaking of Nasewa Industrial Park in Busia.
The park is located in Matayos subcounty, Busia town.
Kuria will be accompanied by Governor Paul Otuoma and his deputy Arthur Odera, among other county and national government officials.
The investment is part of a plan by the national government to establish an industrial park in every county.
In the plan, the Busia government will avail Sh250 million for the project as the national government supports with a similar amount of money.
The launch comes after the CS met governors to review the progress of the county aggregation and industrial parks.
He said following the meeting, it emerged that only 15 counties have industrial parks.
The CS met the Council of Governors on July 27.
Industrial and aggregation parks are one of the ways the Kenya Kwanza administration is seeking to boost agricultural production and value addition as it seeks to create jobs in the country.
In February, President William Ruto said the government would allocate money to every county for the construction of industrial and aggregation parks.
The President said the move will enhance Kenya’s productivity as the nation is prioritising the consolidation, processing, and value addition of agricultural products.
“We will allocate the money to every county for the construction of industrial and aggregation parks so that we can have aggregation on all our farm products,” he said.
Otuoma on Wednesday reiterated that the establishment of the economic hubs in counties will incubate export quality assurance and packaging as well as the boost the economy.
The project worth more than Sh485 million is expected to be complete by February 2024.
The project will include four aggregation warehouses, four cold room stores, an administration block and a power house.
It will also host a pump house, a perimeter wall and a stable power supply among others.
“My administration has allocated Sh250 million similar to what the national government has committed,” Otuoma said in Busia.
“We are already sensitising our farmers on the project components that will also feature commercial production of edible oil as part of ward based economic revitalisation.”