The County Government of Uasin Gishu has made progress in the plans to build a honey processing plant in Tarakwa Ward.

On Monday, the Department received honey processing equipment.

The project began with the distribution of over 1500 beehives to the Ogiek consortium, a collaborative effort between the County Government and the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).

This move was aimed at supporting the Ogiek community and encouraging beekeeping as a sustainable livelihood.

Directors Abraham Kiptanui (Livestock), Isack Lagat (Trade), and Kenneth Kili (AMS) conducted an inspection of honey processing equipment at the Agricultural Mechanization Services (AMS) on Monday.

The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the necessary processing equipment was prepared for installation.

The directors expressed their satisfaction with the progress that had been made so far, emphasizing the significance of adding value to the agricultural sector. Director Kiptanui stated that establishing a honey processing plant in Tarakwa Ward would not only boost the County’s economic activities but also generate employment opportunities for the residents.

Director Lagat added, “This project aligns with Governor Dr Jonathan Bii’s vision of promoting agribusiness and facilitating market access for farmers.

“The plant will enable us to harness the full potential of the region’s honey production and contribute to the country’s overall economic growth,” he said.

The construction of the honey processing plant is expected to provide numerous benefits to the local community, including increased income for beekeepers, improved honey product quality, and enhanced market competitiveness.

By having the processing equipment already available, the project is ready to move on to the next stage, which involves building the plant infrastructure and installing it.

The Uasin Gishu County Government is dedicated to keeping the project on schedule and providing all the essential resources and support needed for its successful completion.