Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga Amoth has come back with goodies from his recent trip to India. The Governor has in the offing mega agro-based projects set to be launched in Siaya County by investors from India.
The projects mainly targeting the agricultural sector are set to not only boost the county’s food basket but also improve the residents’ life through commercial agriculture.
According to the governor, a total of seven meetings took place with potential investors from New Delhi and Hyderabad state with many wanting to know investment opportunities in Siaya.
“Some of the investors were interested in knowing how the tax regime in Kenya could add to or reduce their profit margins,” said Rasanga.
Some of the areas the investors were interested in are infrastructural developments such as roads, energy generation which could lead to cheap production of electricity.
Topping the list of goodies set to reach Siaya residents is the establishment of a sugarcane factory that is likely to be built along the vast Yala swamp.
Rasanga said the vast land at Yala swamp is able to support irrigated sugarcane farming. “A company called SSS Agro commodities private limited has expressed interest in our sugar industry,” said Rasanga.
Another area Siaya will be benefiting from is the cotton industry which had collapsed after perennial problems at the Ndere Ginnery. A company called Sri-Ga Yathri biotec in New Delhi has shown interest in the sector and Rasanga has challenged cotton farmers to start growing the crop during long rains this year and not wait for the ginnery to be constructed.
To improve on farm machinery, Rasanga said the county will need small tractors that can plough small pieces of land owned by most farmers.
“Gem engineering industries are willing to manufacture small tractors that will enable farmers have their small parcels of land tilled,” said Rasanga.
Cheap electricity is set to be generated at Ndanu falls in River Yala by HBL power systems limited and another Dheeru power generating limited all located in Hyderabad state.
Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is another sector that an Indian firm, Digital Campus Services Limited, are willing to invest by setting up modern ICT learning education centres in Siaya.
They were also keen on introduction of bio-toilet in Siaya which requires no septic tanks but can be used to produce biogas using bio-digester.
“Under this technology water can be obtained and used for irrigation and cleaning purposes,” said Rasanga.
Other areas the investors will be exploring are fruit processing, ground nuts factory, fish processing, mineral exploration and putting up of a modern hospital facility through public private partnerships.
Two companies namely Japee Hospital and Gennex companies from New Delhi will be tapping into this opportunity.
Rasanga was accompanied in the trip by former premier Raila Odinga and governors John Murutu of Taita Taveta and Salim Mvurya of Kwale and was at the invitation of the business community and investors in India.