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KENYA: US$116m set aside for the construction of two open markets

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The Kenyan Government is planning to construct a US$ 74.2m open market in Athi RiverMachakos County and another US$ 42m market in Murang’a, Murang’a County.

For a long time coming, farmers have been at the mercy of middlemen who buy their farm products at a cheaper price and then sell them at a higher price. This has made most farmers receive less for their produce even though they have invested a lot into their farm works. This project will reduce the challenges faced by these farmers who sell their products through middlemen due to lack of a market facility.

East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism secretary Phyllis Kandie indicated that the tendering process for the project will be done next year, and that the project is expected to be complete within two years after the process.

Apart from addressing the inefficiencies in supplies, the project will also create employment opportunities for the locals. The construction of the two open markets will also include the setting up of hospitals, banks and a recycling plant.

The market in Athi River will be constructed on a 30-acre piece of land donated by the Export Processing Zone, while the one in Murang’a will be built on a 20-acre piece of land donated by the county government.

Source: HERE

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