The construction of a Kshs 239 million modern fish market at Karai Centre on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway has started with the contractor already setting up reinforced concrete pillars.
The County government says the market is expected to be complete by mid this year and that it is set to revolutionize the fish trading business in the region. The project is a partnership between the County Government of Nakuru, the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and the Rockefeller Foundation.
According to Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the smart fish market will provide thousands of job opportunities to the youths and women and create a more conducive environment for the fish trading business. The market will also eliminate the dangers posed to traders while selling the fish to motorists on the busy highway. Cold rooms will end diseases usually caused by improper storage of fish and other foods.
The market will be solar-powered and will offer smart solutions services including systems digitization, E-mobility solutions E-waste management, and products such as electric motorcycles and charging ports says the county government. Chief of Staff Mr Gichuhi Njoroge, who represented Governor Kinyanjui in a recent progress inspection tour, urged the contractor to work within the set timelines and involve local youth in every stage of construction.