The Northrift economic bloc region in partnership with fresh produce consortium of Kenya is set to reactivate Eldoret international airport as an export point.
Addressing press after meeting with various stakeholders in Boma inn, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said that they are planning to export products on air and by rail.
“This as come at the right time for us as a county because we are preaching the gospel of diversification as a way to caution our rural folks on the serial business,” he said.
He said that the demand on fresh products is on high demand globally.
“Statistics shows that despite the pandemic, we were able to export more in 2020 than in 2019, therefore there’s an opportunity for us to increase our exports,” said Chemno.
CEO fresh produce consortium of Kenya Okisegere Ojepat said that they were committed to ensure that the export will resume as early as first week of March.
“The idea is to open up the country and some areas such as this one we ensure that we increase both production and exports and that will bring revenue to this counties,” said Ojepat.
He said the program will create job opportunities to the youths and diversity in the business.
CEO NOREB Dominic Biwot said the region is an agricultural region and the region can produce varieties of produce meant for export.
“From our end as NOREB, our counties have demonstrated preparedness and willingness to support small holder farmers and to commence production of exportable produce,” said Biwot.
Biwot said as a region they have a positioning that is unrivalled in terms of the prices that they will offer at the market.
He requested the government to prepare and renovate the necessary infrastructure since the exports are going to commence soon.