The government has licensed the Kerio Valley Development Authority to begin produce seed. KVDA will, however, start with production of seed varities not currently produced by the Kenya Seed Company.
David Kimosop, the KVDA boss, says they have the resource to engage in seed production. KVDA has been leasing its 3,000 acres of land at Wei Wei in Pokot to KSC for seed production but the authority will now use the land for its own seed production.
"Farmers will now be able to acess some varities of seeds produced and packaged by KVDA,"said Kimosop who was speaking at his office in Eldoret.
He said the authority intends to build an asset base worth Sh200 billion in five years time. KVDA has already mapped out all resources within counties in the North Rift region where it operates within seven counties
Kimosop says they have finalized a five years strategic plan which has been aligned to the counties. "We are working in partnership with the counties to plan for the proper utilization of the resources we have so that create wealth and employment opportunities for our people,"said Kimosop.
Kimosop hosted a delegation from Radio Africa Group at his KVDA offices. The delegation was led by the Group's Direct Sales Manager Cornelius Muli.
Kimosop said there were major opportunities in the region which includes Turkana, Pokot, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu counties. He outlined major development plans which the authority has planned in the next few years.
They include the Sh 10 Billion Turkwel Sugarcane Project which will be developed through a partnership with the government of India. The project is part of phase two of Turkwel Hydro electric power project.
"We also have in the pipeline the Arror Hydro electric power project in Elgeyo Marakwet county,"said Kimosop. The project to be financed by donors will cost more than Sh 26 Billion and already surveys for the initial work have been completed.
Kimosop said the authority was also planning to improve on its production of honey on large scale It targets to produce more than 10 tons of honey annually. The strategic plan has already been shared out with the county governments in the region.
For the first time since it was initiated more than a decade ago KVDA has made a financial surplus of more than Sh 160 million this year.