Uasin Gishu County is among five counties selected by the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with USAID Kenya, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGCC) and AGRA to carry out a pilot project on the domestication of COVID-19 market guidelines and protocols.
The project which will be conducted in the Eldoret main wholesale market(Urban) and Burnt forest market (Rural) seeks to ensure availability, accessibility and affordability of safe, adequate and nutritious food for all citizens.
The ICT, Trade and Industrialization CEC Dr Emily Kogos who spoke when she hosted EAGC Research Coordinator Elvira Nalyanya who was on a courtesy call said that the county welcomed the initiative. While thanking them for choosing Uasin Gishu, she added that traders will be able to go beyond the borders on matters of trade once they have been trained.
According to Nalyanya, EAGC brings together smallholder farmers to aggregate their grain commodity for collective marketing and links them to off-takers who come to purchase either from the collection centres or at the warehouses. The EAGC had earlier involved the county in their research as well as being involved in the development of a market policy. Among other counties selected include Makueni, Kitui, Siaya, Bungoma and Kakamega.