Kilifi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the people of Kilifi County of the revival of the Kilifi Cashew nuts factory.
President Kenyatta said this during his tour that kicked off on Friday at the County where he commissioned complete projects.
He said the government will announce sooner than later the plans to revive the essential industry that used to a source of employment for majority of the people in Kilifi.
“My government is working hard on various coastal projects that stalled years back one of them being the Mkorosho and we will soon announce the plans in place for the revival the ailing cashew nut farming in this County as a way of empowering our farmers,” said President Uhuru.
He said cashew nut farming was once the gold of the region because many farmers depended on it for survival but their lives were affected after its collapse in Kibarani.
“I know that after the collapse of the factory, the growing of the crop also ended with only a handful of farmers’ undertaking it,” said the President.
“Our main aim is to make sure that farmers regain hopes of benefiting from the crop and that’s our main aim,” added the President.
Also in attendance during the tour was Deputy President William Ruto.
Mr. Ruto said the Jubilee Government will continue to implement projects in every part of the country without considering voting patterns of the people.
“This Government belongs to all of us and projects will be implemented to all Kenyans not looking into whether you voted for opposition or the government,” said Mr Ruto.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi welcomed the move and said he will support any development programs initiated by the National Government.
Kingi urged the national government to accomplish its projects in the county in time for the benefit of the people of Kilifi.
“Any projects initiated and implemented by the National Government such as the Kilifi Cashew nuts factory has my support as it is for the great people of Kilifi,” said Kingi.
Kilifi cashew nuts factory collapsed in early 90s and since then no stead efforts of reviving it have borne fruits, leaving the people of Kilifi depending on it to live poorly.
The president was also accompanied by Kilifi north Mp. Gideon Mung’aro, Kilifi South Mp. Mustafa Iddi, Kinango Mp Samuel Gonzi Rai and Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo among others.
Among the projects commissioned was a 1.5 kilometers road in the town which was constructed by the National Government.