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County pledges Sh50million to revive Lomidat, Naurienpuu tannery

Turkana County Government will inject up to Sh50 million towards reviving Lomidat meat and Naurienpuu tannery factories, as a way of promoting the livelihoods of pastoralists engaged in meat processing and hides and skins value chains in Turkana.

The County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Cooperatives, Gender and Youth Affairs, Elizabeth Loote, announced the investment after a consultative meeting with stakeholders on the prospects of industrialising Turkana and boosting its trade potential.

During the meeting, a USAID-KUZA Chief of Party, Venny Mayaka, pledged the organisation’s support for the industrialisation initiative and termed it a strategic intervention towards promoting the livelihoods of the pastoralists and the huge population likely to gain from the value chain.

The Chief Officers Samwuel Ekale(Trade), Dr Ezekiel Etelej (Livestock Development), and Joseph Epuu (Gender and Youth Affairs) echoed the sentiments to support the revival of the factories.

According to MCA for Lapur Ward, who is also Chair of the Assembly’ Select Committee on Finance, Trade and ICT Michael Ewoi, the relevant departments had ensured that the plans were incorporated in the CIDP III to attract the necessary funding support.

Mr.  Ewoi called for a change of tact that will ensure the two factories do not face failure and eventual closure, as had happened before.

It is expected that the move will amplify Turkana as a destination for meat, hides, skins, and related products to the entire nation and beyond, in line with the Governor’s Nine-Point Agenda to transform Turkana.

 By Peter Gitonga

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