Uasin Gishu County partners with Eldoret International Airport

Kenyan airport set to increase fresh produce exports

Uasin Gishu County has partnered with Eldoret International Airport to promote the export of fresh agricultural produce through the underutilized airport. Governor Jonathan Bii toured the airport to assess the facilities. He said there was great potential to increase the production of crops, including fruits, vegetables, and flowers, for export through the airport. The facility, which is over 25 years old, has been mainly receiving imports while exporting minimal produce to the international market.

According to Airport manager Walter Agong, the runway would be extended by 500 meters so that it can accommodate large cargo planes.

Governor Bii said: “It is clear that we have what it takes to champion for exports of our produce to the international market. What is only required is empowerment and education of our farmers on the best agricultural practices to package the best from our county.”

He added that the region has favorable climatic conditions that give impetus for the production of avocados, green beans, and corn, among other produce that is marketable abroad.

“We will work to ensure cargo planes that land at the airport carry back goods and produce from our farmers. This shall be made possible through engagements and understanding the required standards for exports,” Bii said.

Source: the-star.co.ke


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