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.