H.E Anne Waiguru a meeting with Italian investors from Marketways International namely; Mr. Pierluigi Bartoloni, Mr. Ventura De Lauretis and Prof. Giuseppe Lepore on rice farming and new development vegetable farming.
The consortium has expressed interest to work with Kirinyaga County to develop new enhanced rice variety (pishori) with a focus to increase from current 80,000 to 160,000 annual yield and also reduce cost of production from current Kshs 48/kg.
The proposed pilot on 300-500acres will utilize new irrigation infrastructure,plant new seeds under dry farming and ultimately expand to rice milking factories as part of agricultural value addition.
The Mountain Cities Blueprint 2032
The Mountain Cities Blueprint 2032 is an integrated public policy framework that seeks to establish Kirinyaga County as “The Health & Wellness Capital of the World”. This outcome will be achieved through this Sessional Paper No. 1 2018 as a policy framework of an integrated blueprint given the need to model devolution in Africa. The Blueprint is made up of 3 pillars: enhanced agricultural production; industrial development as a part of trade and private sector development; and socio-economic development through integrated urban planning. The Framework is anchored on the foundation of; public-sector reform, economic empowerment and social transformation. Our goal is to establish Kirinyaga County as an adaptive and responsive government that will be the manifestation of emerging leadership in Africa.