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Kisumu Governor Anyangโ€™ Nyongโ€™o on Tuesday signed a KSh 30 billion deal with a United Kingdom firm United Green to increase food production in the region.

โ€œSigned a milestone partnership between a UKโ€™s, United Green and Kisumu County 42 Lake ventures Company. This US$250 Million (Ksh 30b) agriculture and food security investment programme will revolutionise food production and general Agriculture in the entire Lake region,โ€ Nyongโ€™o said via Twitter.

Governor Nyongโ€™o and UG Director and Head of Agriculture and Food Investments, Rod Bassett signed the first phase of the agreement back in May in Kisumu.

The sustainable agri-food project is anticipated to provide the local farmers with sustainable agricultural methodologies, farming services and agro-industrial facilities to boost production.

The multi-million project also targets creating new markets for the farming communities in the Lake Basin region and making significant contributions to the regionโ€™s food security.

The transformative agriculture venture will be implemented in a five-year period and is projected to reduce the countryโ€™s dependence on imported food by Sh23 billion annually thus reducing Kenyaโ€™s trade deficit.

BY: SHARON MAOMBO

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