Kenya and UK firm sign KES 31B deal to revamp agricultural sector in Nyanza region
Kenya and United Kingdom-based firm United Green Group have signed a deal to revamp the agricultural sector in the Nyanza region.
The partnership involves the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, Kisumu County Government, and the UK firm, and is worth $250 million (approximately KES 31.8B).
The five-year project will see the start of a flagship agricultural fintech program for rural communities in the Lake Victoria Basin region.
The primary focus of the venture is to integrate modern agro-industrial facilities with high-productivity climate-smart farming in order to create new markets for farmers in the region.
The project aims to increase the productivity of surrounding farming communities through a unique smallholder farmer scheme, which will support sustainable farming methods.
“This venture will be the largest and most modern integrated agri-food and services programme and operation in Kenya, positioning the project as the leading strategic player in developing Kenya’s high-potential agricultural sector,” said Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.
The initiative is expected to create at least 5,000 direct jobs and incorporate 20,000 rural households. The project will subsequently commit to off-take agreements with the farmers to ensure financial security for the farmers.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o welcomed the partnership, saying the UK firm was a game-changer for Kisumu.
“This flagship agriculture investment program is set to revitalize the sector,” said the governor.
The United Green Group, a UK firm, is excited to work with the Kenyan government to create a modern and integrated agri-food system. The firm is committed to improving food security in the region and will continue to invest in innovative and sustainable solutions for the sector.