Trans Nzoia County has formally joined the 14-member strong Lake Region Economic Bloc after Governor Patrick Khaemba appended his signature to the bloc’s legal instrument. The Governor said his County joins the group at a time when strong policy action was required to steady farming activities in the country following invasion of the agricultural sector by maize and sugar barons. “Agriculture is our economic mainstay and I look up to the economic bloc to guide our farming community to diversify into other crops and activities like macademia nuts, avocado, fishing and poultry to cushion them against the high risks in mono-crops,” governor Khaemba said when he called on H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya at his office in Kakamega to sign the LREB Agreement. Governor Oparanya is the economic group’s Summit Chair. Governor Khaemba also emphasized the need for the bloc to embrace new technologies including mechanization and biotechnologies to improve production efficiency. Governor Oparanya welcomed him and took him through the bloc’s priority flagship projects; namely, establishment of a development bank, revival of the sugar industry, conservation of forests and water catchment areas including Mau and Kakamega as well as development of maritime transport on Lake Victoria. Also present were CECMs Geoffrey Omulayi and Alfred Matianyi, the County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Madam Jacinta Odhiambo, the CEO of LREB, Mr Abala Wanga and the Chief of Staff, Mr. Robert Sumbi

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