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Kitui: Governor Kaluki Ngilu yesterday promised to purchase equipment in order to establish local processing plants to boost farming in Kitui and continue with her message of poverty eradication and women empowerment together with wealth creation in Kitui County. 

Governor Kaluki Ngilu holds a locally produced soap at Kitui Agricultural Training Center where she addressed participants during the official opening of Phase II of the Ndengu Revolution Program in Kitui County Thursday morning.
The governor made these remarks yesterday at Migwani in Mwingi west constituency where she met women groups, dairy farmers and mango growers in the region pledging her unwavering support to the various activities along the value chains in both dairy and mango farming.

She was first hosted by jubilant women groups and co-operators at Bazaar shopping centre along Kabati – Mwingi road where she toured a local soap manufacturing plant in her first stop over in the constituency.

Mwingi West is home to former Kitui senator David Musila whom she defeated in the gubernatorial contest which also saw the duo campaign vehemently against former governor and wiper party’s candidate Dr. Julius Malombe.

She said her administration will finance the establishment of a local milk processing plant in Migwani with the purchase of milking machines, pasteurizers and a van for transport of milk to various market destinations upon a request by Mwiwe dairy farmers’ cooperative society.

She similarly pledged her support to Kitui Aloe gardens self-help group, a local women group involved in soap manufacture. She promised funds alongside capacity building of members for improved packaging, branding and marketing of finished products for better prices.

Urging Kitui residents to buy and consume locally produced products like Mango juice, honey and soap, Ngilu said her administration will champion the production of local foods in the county which she called a “key driver of local economy and wealth creation in the county”

“I want to urge our people to eat our local foods like vegetables, honey and fruits and desist from this culture of obtaining everything from outside our county” she told dairy farmers at Maluki Kanyenya’s home at Itoloni.

She was accompanied by her CEC members for water, agriculture and livestock development, trade and cooperatives and tourism, culture, youth and sports.
The farmers led by the host Maluki Kanyenya expressed their gratitude to the County Government under the leadership of Ngilu for the support it has given to farmers in Kitui and especially in Mwingi West.
“We are really appreciating the efforts being made by Ngilu and her County government in empowering Mwingi west farmers, we feel honoured to host you today,” exclaimed Mr. Kanyenya.

Ngilu had earlier in the day officiated the opening of a two day workshop for the second phase of the Ndengu Revolution program in the county at the Kitui Agricultural Training centre.

She said the successful implementation of this program was key in enhancing livelihoods and wealth creation among locals calling the program “a journey towards enhancing livelihoods and alleviating human suffering in Kitui County”


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