A new maize milling factory to be owned by farmers and the Uasin Gishu county government will be put up in Eldoret. The county government has allocated Sh70 million in its budget to kick off the project which will cost more than Sh200 million.
Speaking to farmers in Eldoret town on Monday, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has said the project is a priority in his agriculture sector development plan. He said he wants farmers to venture into value addition.
"We should not remain mere producers of raw material. We have to maximise our earnings through value addition projects," Mandago said.
The farmers have rejected a government plan to privatise part of the National Cereals and Produce Board.