Residents of Getonganya in Kuria West Sub County have reasons to smile after European Union in partnership with Migori County Government promised to construct Mini Sweet Potato Processing Plant, the first of its kind in the region.
The plant is expected to process over 100 tonnes of sweet potatoes daily giving famers an opportunity to expand production in the area.
This is seen as a boost to potato farmers in Kuria who have failed to get sustained market for the produce.
Kuria produces close to 0.3 million tonnes of sweet potatoes per year with an estimated 6, 500 farmers involved in the production.
Leading a delegation both from the County and National Government, the PS for Devolution Nelson Marwa said “this is an opener of trade that which handled well can open the industry to the world hence uplifting the economy of both the Kuria community and Migori at large.”
Marwa however, pointed out that cattle’s rustling in the area was a setback that would ruin growth and development.
He placed cattle rustlers on notice saying that their days were numbered.
Marwa asked the security agents to move with speed and cub the menace to make this project a success.
Speaking at the same function, Kuria East Member of Parliament Marwa Kitayama asked the residents to embrace the project and keep politics out of it.
He noted that leaders especially from the Kuria community should remain united and give the community a good sense of direction.
By Geoffrey Satia