Laikipia County, known for its rich agricultural heritage, has embarked on a groundbreaking mission to consolidate its position as Kenya’s agricultural and industrial heartland. With the inauguration of the Laikipia County Aggregation and Industrial Park (CAIP) in Rumuruti, a new chapter has been written in the annals of the county’s journey towards sustainable development.
The Kshs. 500 million project, an impressive collaboration between the county and national governments, spreads across a sprawling 300 acres. It is visualized not just as an industrial park but as a lifeline for the farming community, bridging the traditional gaps between cultivation, processing, and market reach.
Governor Joshua Irungu, during the ceremonial ground breaking, remarked, “The CAIP stands as a testament to our commitment to our farmers. With seven key value chains in focus, we are looking at addressing historical challenges like post-harvest losses, while catalyzing value addition and ensuring better market access.”
The vision is holistic. Beyond housing conventional businesses like food processing plants and textile mills, the park envisions integrating cutting-edge amenities. The inclusion of a training center underlines the county’s focus on skill enhancement. The integration of a waste management plant and power substation is a clear nod towards sustainable and responsible growth.
The dance of joy shared by CS Investment, Trade and Industry Moses Kuria and Governor Irungu during the groundbreaking event was not just symbolic of the festivities but echoed the aspirations of the county’s populace.
CS Moses Kuria, emphasizing the long-term vision, stated, “Laikipia has immense potential. From leather products derived from cattle to value-added dairy products, our aim is to ensure that every resource of Laikipia is optimally utilized. The CAIP is but a stepping stone in this direction.”
Sustainability remains at the core of CAIP’s ethos. With plans to incorporate renewable energy solutions, the park is shaping up to be a model of green development.
The CAIP’s strategic location near the County Headquarters offers an interesting vantage point. It positions Laikipia as a potential hub for export-oriented investments, a vision further bolstered by the proposed establishment of an Export Processing Zone and an International Airport.
Governor Joshua Irungu