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County secures Sh 302m deal to boost avocado export

Uasin Gishu county government in collaboration with the British High Commission has made significant efforts to attract investment and stimulate economic growth in the region.

The county has successfully secured a Sh 302 million substantial investment with the British High Commission and Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) program to establish a packing house for avocado, passion fruit, and edible oil production exports.

Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii Chelilim hosted Dr. Dominic Biwott, the North Rift Advisor Program of the British High Commissioner, and representatives from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) during their visit to discuss a significant investment opportunity.

Speaking Wednesday during the visit, Dr. Bii expressed his excitement about the new investment venture, noting that it marks a significant milestone for the avocado farmers. He further pledged his administration’s support to ensure they receive seedlings to support this initiative.  “We now have an investor committed to establishing a packing house for the export of avocados and passion fruit, as well as edible oil production,” he said.

He added that Fresh Product, a company identified through a rigorous process after the market sourcing exercise by PWC, will begin operations in Eldoret in the next 6 months.

The governor noted that the program is also in the process of seeking investors in the Maize Milling and Potato Cold Store for the county.

Dr. Bii expressed gratitude for collaboration with the British High Commission, Sustainable Urban Economic Development Program, and PWC, who visited the county today.

By Ekuwam Sylvester

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