The county government representatives of Trans Nzoia in Kenya were on a trade mission to Denmark from 20th to 26th September 2016. The trade mission was led by His Excellency Governor Patrick Khaemba and his team of four officials who represented the departments of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Economic Planning and Trade, and Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
The objective of the trade mission was for the delegation to interact with Danish players in the waste management, horticulture and dairy farming sectors, see technologies and solutions adopted in Denmark, and explore opportunities to do business with Danish companies. The trade mission also helped Trans Nzoia County to position itself as a strategic destination for doing business with Danish companies. During the four days, the delegation visited Fors A/S and Amager Resource Centre to discover waste management solutions, Øllingegaard Dairy and one of their organic dairy farmers to learn about organic farming, and Nysted Biogas production plant to discover about large-scale biogas production. Moreover, there were workshop presentations from Danish Horticulture Association, Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI).
During the delegation, Honorable Governor Patrick Khaemba said, ”It has been a challenge providing waste management services in the county. Even though we have improved, we see there are immense opportunities that we could exploit through partnerships and innovative solutions.”
Trans Nzoia County is located on the Western part of Kenya and is the largest producer of maize and wheat in the country. It is therefore aptly considered to be the breadbasket of the country due to its bountiful production of cereals over the years. For instance, 5.3 million bags and 4.7 million bags of maize were produced in 2013 and 2014 respectively. There are other opportunities in horticulture production of avocadoes and passion fruits and in dairy farming. Trans Nzoia County plans to exploit these opportunities, thus a greater motivation for the delegation to explore various solutions from Denmark.
Some of the takeaways from the trade mission was the possibility of establishing a holding company and developing viable business models that will attract investments from Danish private investors and IFU. Furthermore, the county officials also discovered the value of citizen engagement and finding smarter ways to provide efficient waste management services. Moreover, the delegation noted the importance of collaborations with private companies to spur innovation.
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