Coffee farmers in Turgen Hills Baringo County have every reason to smile after Korean Investor Reverend Cha Bo Yong pledged Shs.70 million to construct a milling factory.
The factory, which is set to be complete by March 2020, will benefit over six hundred coffee farmers from Baringo North sub county.
Attending the ground breaking ceremony, Baringo County Governor Stanley Kiptis acknowledged the efforts by Reverend Cha Yong in putting up the factory for the benefits of Baringo residents.
“This Milling plant will create employment opportunities to the residents of Baringo County and further production of quality coffee to benefit the county locally and internationally,” said Governor Kiptis.
The investor (Yong) on his part, commended Baingo farmers for ensuring that they farm and produce quality and competitive coffee internationally, a feature that has compelled him to build the mill.
“I want to thank Baringo County Government, The Kenya Forest Service and Tugen Hills Cooperative Society for allocating this parcel of land to put up the factory. I also want to urge the contractor to act at his level best in the construction of the factory,” said Yong.
Yong also lauded the Baringo County government for supporting coffee farmers with the provision of coffee seedlings, urging all the stakeholders in the coffee industry to embrace team spirit in ensuring that the factory achieves its mandate of serving members.
Also present was Baringo County Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony, who pledged to work closely with the construction team in ensuring the factory’s completion to machines installation.
“We are working on a tight schedule hoping to realize the completion of the milling plant by march 2020, which will go a long way to transform the living standards of our people,” said Chepkwony.
He also promised support from the County Government, along with transparency in the supervision of the factory construction activities.���