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OPERATIONALIZATION OF THE OLKALOU POTATO COLD STORAGE FACILITY IN NYANDARUA COUNTY

A Stakeholders’ Forum in Olkalou, Nyandarua County was convened with the presence of Hon. Susan Mangeni, the Principal Secretary (PS) of the State Department of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Joining her were Mr. James Mureu, MSEA Board Chairman, MSEA Board members Mr. Adan Sheikh, Mr. Billy Baltazar, Mr. Joseph Mbeva, Dr. Charles Kalomba, Margaret Njoroge and DG/CEO MSEA Henry Rithaa.

The meeting begun with a courtesy call to the Nyandarua County Commissioner, Mr. Mohamed Barre, represented by the Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. George Matundura. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the progress and operationalization of the Cold Storage Facility in Olkalou. During the session, PS Mang’eni expressed her gratitude for the support extended by the county commissioner’s office. She also commended the collaborative opportunity between the State Department of MSMEs and the County Government in bolstering agricultural initiatives and fostering capacity building within Nyandarua County.

Principal Secretary State Department of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Hon. Susan Mang’eni meeting Nyandarua County Commissioner

In line with these deliberations, the PS Susan Mang’eni extended her courtesy visit to Governor Dr. Moses Badilisha of Nyandarua County. Accompanying her was a delegation from MSEA, led by MSEA Board Chairman, Mr. James Mureu. The meeting marked the inception of discussions pertaining to the operationalization of the cold storage facility.

Principal Secretary State Department of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Hon. Susan Mang’eni together with MSEA Board Chairman James Mureu, Board Members and MSEA DG/CEO Henry Rithaa at the Governor’s Office

Following the visit, a forum was convened with a range of key stakeholders in attendance, including county representatives, Potato Farmers, Cooperative Bank, and KFC, the primary stakeholder responsible for establishing market linkages for potatoes. In collaboration with the Nyandarua County government and potato farmers, KFC is committed to the production of high-quality potatoes for local processing.

The responsibility of registering Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Farmers and coordinating the various components of the potato value chain was entrusted to the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA). In alignment with the operationalization of the potato cold storage facility, it was agreed that a dedicated technical team would be established. Subsequently, the delegation conducted a site visit to the Cold Storage Facility to assess its progress and functionality.

The delegation conducted a site visit to the Cold Storage Facility to assess its progress and functionality

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