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Kiambu to set up a leather industry on a 50-acre piece of land in Thika

FILE: Acting Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro in an earlier function.
Acting Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro has said that the county government is looking for 50 acres of land in Thika to set up a tannery and leather manufacturing plant.

While speaking to the press at Thika Technical Institute ground after the closing ceremony of the Central Region SME Conference & Expo 2019, Nyoro pointed out that Kiambu County and in particular Dagoretti Market, produced the highest amount of hides and skins. However, he said, the bulk of these products was either neglected to waste or are sold at throwaway prices.

“Our priority as a government is to revive the leather industry. In this regards, we are sourcing for 50 acres of land in Thika where we will invest in tanneries and leather manufacturing plants to produce shoes for our armed forces and the general public, handbags, car seat cushions, jackets, leather garments and even industrial gloves,” explained Nyoro.

Nyoro added that the revival of this sector had the potential to turn around Thika’s economy and those of the people supplying these hides and skins

“This tannery has the potential to stimulate local employment and wealth creation in the leather industry in line with the president’s Big 4 Agenda.”

Nyoro said that his government was also focusing on ways to create conducive business environment especially for the small traders who struggled to make ends meet.

“We will invest on model kiosks and identify areas where we shall put them. Before that, we need to come up with other solutions that will be favourable to both the hawkers and those in formal businesses,” he said.

The Ag. Governor added that plans were underway to set up a multi-million Muguga Agripark in Kikuyu sub-county that will support the agribusiness sector in the county.

“We are about to sign an MOU with KARLO to support the investment with professional support on aspects of quality feed with regards to ingredients, sources of materials and use of new technologies.”
Nyoro said that they were in the process of reviving Uplands Bacon Factory in Lari Sub-county to ensure the pork sub-sector was up and running for its economic contributions to the county and also increase incomes and jobs creation.

He also pointed out that Kiambu County was among eight counties selected by the American Government under the Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) programme, which seeks to strengthen direct trade and investments between the United States and select counties.

“The programme focuses on what counties value most, it's sustainability to facilitate a decent life for its residents and an increase in financial self-sufficiency. This will go a long way in promoting direct trade for our agricultural products; tea, coffee, avocado, pork, macadamia nuts, and poultry with emphasis on value addition. For Kiambu, the Americans chose to support our coffee sector,” he explained.

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