Laikipia Kicks Off 2024 On A Robust Economic Gear

The County Government of Laikipia kicked off 2024 on a robust gear, with the Head of State, HE President William Ruto, spending a whole day Laikipia East and West launching economically consequential projects on Wednesday, 10th January 2024.
Accompanied by Deputy President, HE Rigathi Gachagua, and his host, Governor HE Joshua Irungu EGH, President Ruto launched the first phase of Affordable Housing project in Laikipia in Nanyuki Municipality where some 200 modern units are expected to be completed by October this year before embarking on phase two.
The President announced Affordable Housing Projects targets to build some 10,000 units across Laikipia County, and which are expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the youth and suppliers of various inputs.
These include sand, cement, stones, and steel among others.
From Nanyuki, the head of state proceeded to Lamuria to inaugurate the Ngobit-Withare-Lamuria-Ngobit tarmac Road at Lamuria Ngarengiro intersection in Laikipia East Constituency.
The Ngobit-Withare-Lamuria-Ngobit loop opens up an agriculturally rich region that was for years held back by lack of reliable all weather road networks.
The safety, security and economic benefits ushered in by the new road to the local community are enormous, beginning with immediate connections to markets in neighboring counties, and influx of investors and many absentee landowners who for years were hesitant to begin productive activities due to poor road connections and security concerns that came with it.
The Presidential working tour concluded in Nyahururu town in Laikipia West where he commissioned a newly and modernized KCC Nyahururu Milk Factory whose capacity is poised to scale up from current daily processing of 80,000 litres to 150,000 liters per day.
The factory boasts of a catchment of milk supply from at least five counties in close proximity with Nyahururu Laikipia, parts of Nyandarua, Nakuru, Baringo counties among others.
According to County Department of Agriculture, the Laikipia produced some 35 million litres of milk in 2022 earning farmers millions of shillings in economic returns.
Primary milk producer co-operatives are among most vibrant rural enterprises in Laikipia, and through which county government uses as a conduit to funnel low cost credit to farmers to stimulate economic transformation.
On the same robust momentum that kicked off with the County Management Committee (CMT), on 3rd January 2024, Laikipia hosted a high level delegation from the World Agroforestry- ICRAF on Thursday 11th January 2024.
The delegation led by Country Director, Prof. Catherine Muthuri, paid a courtesy visit to the County Government during which partnership between ICRAF and county government in landscape restoration in Laikipia East was discussed.
Landscape restoration involves mobilization of community members, especially women, in identifying degraded neighborhoods with a view to taking collective action to replant trees to regenerate green cover and protect wetlands and rivers on which rural women depend for water and wood fuel for domestic use.
Governor Irungu, who is a natural resources management specialist by training, and a senior member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of Council of Governors (COG), pledged his administrations support and offered to bring all his environmental conservation skills and connections to bear and bring the partnership with ICRAF to fruition.

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