The County Government of Nandi with the Multi-nationals tea companies has signed a deal to build an industrial park in Nandi Hills, this is after the tea companies agreed to surrender a total of a thousand acres of land for the project.
Speaking to Journalists in Kapsabet, the Chief Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture in Nandi Bernard Lagat said the project upon its completion will create more jobs to the people of Nandi thus welcomes the noble move.
Lagat revealed that the Kshs 500M will be sponsored by both the County and the National government where the National government will give half of the amount which has already been allocated through the Ministry of Trade and Industrialization.
Lagat cited that the Multinational tea companies in return will be allowed to undertake the automation of their tea harvesting and following this about fifty thousand tea workers have been rendered jobless due to tea plucking machines meant to mainly cut down costs of operations.
The CECM said the project will create almost fifty thousand new jobs of the residents which is an added advantage to the County government of Nandi.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang had earlier on formed a task force of eleven Member Committee led by the former Cabinet Secretary John Cheruiyot to look into the issues affecting the tea sector and address them amicably.