Maize farmers at Endebess Sub County have breathed a sigh of relief after Ford Kenya gubernatorial candidate Dr. Chris Wamalwa and his running mate Joyce Cheruto revived a Maize milling plant that had malfunctioned.
The Nzoia grains marketing and processing cooperative society which was set up in 2014 had stalled following mismanagement and a failure to service the machines after the firm became cash strapped in 2017.
Dr. Wamalwa and Cheruto came to the rescue of the society by servicing the plant and procuring a Fortification machine. The machine is critical in increasing the content of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals to improve nutritional quality as per international standards.
“We are now glad to be back in business. This will offer farmers a chance to add value to their produce for better returns instead of being taken advantage of by brokers who buy their produce cheaply,” said Mr. James Onyoni the society’s chairman.
Cheruto said they bailed out the Cooperative society after the farmers approached them for assistance saying this is part of their agenda to revive the ailing agricultural sector which is the backbone of the county’s economy.
“This is just a demonstration of the efforts that Dr. Wamalwa and I will focus on to boost the economy of Trans Nzoia if we will be elected in office at the August 9 general elections,” she said while commissioning the revival of the milling plant.
Trans Nzoia Agriculture executive committee member Mary Nzomo who was also present said the revival of the society will see them process over 1000 bags of maize per day if it operates at full capacity.
“The society is capable of making Sh 42 Million per month. This is a great milestone achieved for maize farmers in the County and our youth who will get employed by the society,” said Mrs. Nzomo.