The county government of Trans Nzoia has finally given the nod to private seed firm, Seed Co Limited, to establish a processing factory after striking an agreement.
The move is expected to reduce the dominance of government-owned Kenya Seed Company, which is also based in the county and is the country’s leading producer of maize seeds.
Seed Co’s chief executive officer Morgan Nzwere said the company will establish a factory on a 65-acre piece of land at Kiminini that will serve western Kenya and eastern Uganda.
“We will also set up a research facility on the land that will help us generate seeds that will meet the region’s climatic conditions and offer resistance to diseases,” Mr Nzwere said in Kitale.
He also indicated that the firm will work jointly with the county government to put in place value addition mechanisms that will cushion farmers from exploitation by middlemen.
The Trans Nzoia Agriculture chief officer Mary Nzomo said giving the nod to Seed Co to operate was part of the county government’s plan to liberalise the market by having more market players to serve the seed growers as well as offering more products for the farmers.
She said the county government will also work jointly with the firm in its diversification from over-reliance on maize production initiative by producing seeds for alternative crops.
“We are looking forward to having the company produce seeds for alternative crops that can grow well in Trans Nzoia through public-private partnership.”
The county has recently entered into agreement with various agricultural firms that have shown interest in investing in the region.