The Star (Nairobi)

28 July 2011

Kenya: Sh300 Million China Funds for Bomet Maize Millers

The Chinese government has donated Sh300 million to jump-start Korokwony Maize Millers in Bomet district.

Speaking in Bomet town Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the government had received the money from the Chinese government to enable the stalled project begin operation early next month. Kalonzo said, "milling factory will start its operation in August."

According to Home Affairs Assistant Minister Beatrice Kones, the Sh120 million milling factory built by the Chinese government and handed over to a local women groups, remained shut since 2009 due to luck of funds. The announcement by the VP raised hopes for employment among the local youths.

Early this month, Kones pleaded with farmers in Bomet and Kericho counties not to sell their maize this season to outsiders saying the milling firm will buy it from them. "We will not wish our farmers to sell their maize this time round because we expect to have the machine operational any time. We will need a lot of maize to process," said the Bomet MP.

Kones said, Bomet cereals and Kirindoni depot in neighbouring Narok County will be used to store maize that will be processed by the milling factory. "We are thinking of using the two depots in Bomet town and Kirindoni to store and dry maize before being processed," added Mrs. Kones. The MP dismissed charges of mismanagement of projects in the area.

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