The Sh10 billion Turkwel sugar project in Pokot county will begin this year. The 25,000 hectares of sugarcane project, which is being undertaken by the Kerio Valley Development Authority, is being funded by the government of India.
The KVDA plans to roll out several projects in the seven counties in the North Rift aimed at reducing poverty and insecurity. The projects include the Sh6 billion Arror Hydroelectric project in Elgeyo Marakwet county.
"We have very good development plans for this region and we are already working with the governors so that the plan can be rolled out smoothly," said KVDA managing director David Kimosop. He was speaking to the Star in Eldoret town yesterday.
The counties where the projects will be implemented include West Pokot, Turkana, Baringo, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet and parts of Trans Nzoia. The KVDA board of directors carried out an extensive assessment of the projects in arid counties.
The board toured the Wei Wei irrigation project and Turkwel power project. The Italian government has committed Sh1 billion to expand the Wei Wei project, which benefits more than 10,000 residents of Pokot and Turkana.
The authority, which is restructuring, has deployed more than 100 staff from the KVDA headquarters in Eldoret town to oversee the projects. Kimosop said they have started awareness campaigns in the communities.
"We want the communities to own the projects so that they are fully involved in implementation and sustainability programmes," said Kimosop.