A fruit processing plant estimated to cost Sh 500 million will be built in Machakos County by the Middle East based company to manufacture and distill fruit pulp.
Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua said the company will be able to start construction within the next few months and will also establish a fruit purchasing centre to buy mangoes from farmers.
“Creation of wealth and jobs are critical for any region to develop. This plant will help secure more than 150 jobs for the local youth, transporters as well as create market for farmers thus help in alleviating hopelessness and poverty among our people,” he said.
The governor urged leaders to do whatever it takes to improve the welfare of their people especially the youth because when you create jobs for them, they become useful asset to the County and the nation as their brains are put to good use.
This will help in curbing and minimizing drugs use, crimes and also insecurity that has been rampant due to youth idleness, poverty and lack or very few of role models in the society that are willing to guide and advice our youths appropriately.
“Our biggest devil in Kenya is poverty. If we roll back poverty, we will be able to sort out many of our problems. Poverty, though, can only be rolled back by concrete economic growth action not sideshows, propaganda, corruption and stupor. My heart is with the youth and their parents, they know they can count on me and not on empty talk,” added Mutua.
He added that Machakos County Government will work with, and support farmers as well as help in collecting fruits at decent prices and sending to the factory.
“We no longer want to see our mangoes and oranges rotting on the ground whereas they can be converted to money by our farmers,” Mutua cited.
This comes barely a week after Mutua announced that the County government in collaboration with a Dubai-based syndicate, CG CORP GLOBAL Company will construct a mega food processing plant in the county.
Mutua cited that leaders have to change the way they do things and have tangible and real change not for themselves but for the people who gave them leadership responsibilities. “That’s the ideology and philosophy of Maendeleo Chap Chap.”
He affirmed that he was committed to fulfilling the pledges he made during the campaigns in 2013 adding he will never engage in empty bombast.“Poverty cannot be fought with stories, insults or political theatrics. Our people want action they can see and touch and that is the essence of governance.”
Not ready to tire, the governor said that he will continue hunting for goodies from investors to improve lives of the Machakos people.