By Andrew Munyoki
Thursday November 16, 2017, Kitui: Governor Kaluki Ngilu continued with her message of poverty eradication and women empowerment together with wealth creation in Kitui County in her first tour of Mwingi West since she was elected governor on August 8.
The governor met women groups, dairy farmers and mango growers in the region pledging her unwavering support to the various activities along the value chains in both dairy and mango farming.
She was first hosted by jubilant women groups and cooperators at Bazaar shopping centre along Kabati – Mwingi road where she toured a local soap manufacturing plant in her first stop over in the constituency.
Mwingi West is home to former Kitui senator David Musila whom she defeated overwhelmingly in the gubernatorial contest which also saw the duo campaign vehemently against former governor and wiper party’s candidate Dr. Julius Malombe.
She said her administration will finance the establishment of a local milk processing plant in Migwani with the purchase of milking machines, pasteurizers and a van for transport of milk to various market destinations upon a request by Mwiwe dairy farmers’ cooperative society.
She similarly pledged her support to Kitui Aloe gardens self help group, a local women group involved in soap manufacture. She promised funds alongside capacity building of members for improved packaging, branding and marketing of finished products for better prices.
Urging Kitui residents to buy and consume locally produced products, Ngilu said her administration will champion the production of local foods in the county which she called a “key driver of local economy and wealth creation in the county”
“I want to urge our people to eat our local foods like vegetables, honey and fruits and desist from this culture of obtaining everything from outside our county” she told dairy farmers at Maluki Kanyenya’s home at Itoloni.
She was accompanied by her CEC members for water, agriculture and livestock development, trade and cooperatives and tourism, culture, youth and sports.
The governor later toured irrigated farmlands along River Tana in Kiomo Kyethani Ward.
Ngilu had earlier in the day officiated the opening of a two day workshop for the second phase of the Ndengu Revolution program in the county at the Kitui Agricultural Training center.
She said the successful implementation of this program was key in enhancing livelihoods and wealth creation among locals calling the program “a journey towards enhancing livelihoods and alleviating human suffering in Kitui County”
Dr. Temi Mutia, the lead facilitator of the workshop said the second phase of this program involved a thorough traceability plan and care for planted seeds before maturity and harvesting of the crop for marketing.
Emmanuel Kisangau, the CEC for Water, agriculture and livestock development said his ministry was committed to branding the county through available resources within and outside the county with an aim of adding value into the lives of residents.
“My colleagues and I are seeking a common understanding of how this can be achieved” he told participants who comprised of administrators of the county’s devolved units and staff from the host department of agriculture