European Union Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue and and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa on Thursday presided over the groundbreaking for the construction of the Kimumu-Bahati wholesale market in Uasin Gishu County.
The fresh produce wholesale market funded by the European Union will cost Sh176 million.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu identified and allocated the 6.4 acre plot in Kimumu for the construction of the first ever fresh produce wholesale market in the region.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said the market will ensure all wholesale activities are relocated there.
He said this will decongest the overcrowded market facility within the central business district.
Ambassador Mordue said the facility will support over 2000 traders and enhance value of agricultural products.
“This will decongest the Eldoret CBD and provide better market opportunities for Eldoret agribusinesses,” said Mordue.
CS Wamalwa said once complete, the market will contribute to the economic empowerment of residents in the areas and infrastructural development.
“Modern market infrastructure for our Small businesses is very important to our economic growth, poverty reduction, youth employment and the realization of the Big Four Agenda,” said Wamalwa.
The launch was also attended by Principal Secretary State Department of Devolution Charles Sunkuli, NOREB CEO Dr Dominic Biwott, Senior EU officials, CECs and MCAs from Uasin Gishu County.