Plans are underway to rehabilitate and set up modern horticultural markets in Njoro Sub-County, Nakuru.
The region is a leader in horticultural crops production but farmers have not reaped from their toil due to lack of a market to sell their produce.
Lack of markets has forced desperate farmers to sell their produce to brokers at throw-away prices.
Farmers sell their carrots, cabbages, and potatoes to brokers who export to neighbouring East African countries as well as Marigiti Market in Nairobi.
Early this year, Governor Lee Kinyanjui tasked local leaders to help identify suitable land near shopping centres to set up markets.
Areas targeted to have markets improved and new ones constructed include Kihingo, Mau Narok, and Mauche.
Announcing the progress of the project County Director of Political Affairs Ms Beatrice Nyawira said the County had already placed adverts calling on landowners to offer parcels for sale.
“The County has made a breakthrough and construction of the Edgewood Market on a two acres parcel of land to serve Njoro and Kihingo Wards will start soon,” Ms Nyawira said.
She was speaking at St Peters Church in Kihingo during a fund-raiser towards the purchase of the church’s leader vehicle.
Ms Nyawira said the County Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will be training farmers on proper farming techniques to improve their yields.
The government is introducing avocado farming to get a share of the international market.
The director was accompanied by a number of MCAs among them George Machoka of Kihingo, Philip Rotich of Mauche and Jackson Gathua of Mau Narok among other guests.