County Investment Opportunities

County Investment Opportunities 7

Agriculture

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

Agriculture is the backbone of Kitui County. In the highlands of Kitui, farmers are involved in subsistence agriculture - mainly growing cotton, tobacco, sisal, mangoes, maize, beans, cassava, sorghum, millet and pigeon peas. These crops are well adapted to the climatic conditions of Kitui.

Kitui being a semi-arid area receives between 500mm and 1050mm of rain fall annually, with average rainfall of 900mm a year. It has two rainy seasons; March-May (Long Rains) and November-December (Short Rains).

The county is mostly dry and hot with temperatures ranging between 14°C during the coldest months (July-August) and 34°C during the hottest months (January-March). This makes it suitable for solar powered irrigation farming in the county. Recently, a 500 Acre Irrigation Project was set up in the county with its source of water being River Tana which runs along the county bounder.

In the lowlands, farmers keep livestock - mainly cattle, sheep, goats and chicken - as a means to supplement crop farming as their source of income.

While the county continues to face enormous challenges in reducing poverty, a vision of economic renaissance by smallholder farmers is beginning to take hold. There is growing belief that Kitui can produce enough not only to feed its own people but to export a growing surplus. Kitui County can make a real contribution to ensuring food security for the people while also growing its economy and pulling its people out of poverty. As a result, smallholder farmers have become more productive and more prosperous.

There are many opportunities for agriculture development in Kitui today. The county has a large share of the Kenya’s uncultivated land, with irrigation-fed crop potential. In other words, there room for agriculture to expand in a sustainable way to meet the growing demand.


Natural Resources

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

African countries must take full advantage of their natural resource wealth to accelerate the pace of growth and ensure the process can benefit ordinary people. Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development according to The African Economic Outlook 2013.

Natural resources play a central role in business opportunities, tourism, entrepreneurship, and of course agriculture. This is especially true in rural areas, where the tie to natural resources is most evident. Kitui County is blessed with abundant natural resources, some of which can be the basis for small-scale business opportunities for Kitui landowners.

Kitui is endowed with abundant natural wealth, including vast agricultural, mining and human resources. Along with its growing mining sector, agriculture remains a key sector of the economy. Cotton, tobacco, sisal, mangoes, maize, beans, cassava, sorghum, millet and pigeon peas are mainly the county’s agricultural produce.

The county is also endowed with large reserves of minerals. Coal in Mui Basin which covers approximately an area of 500 square kilometers with an estimated one billion tons of coal, valued at $75 billion, and which can produce 5,000MW of electricity. Some of the attractive coal-rich sites to visit include Zombe-Kabati block (121.5 km2) and the Mutitu-Itiko block (117.5 km2) which constitute Block A and B respectively, block C comprises of Kateiko-Yoonye (131.5 km2) and block D comprises of Karunga–Isekele (120 km2). The government will soon be constructing a 960-megawatt coal electricity plant in the County Kitui which is scheduled to commence towards the end of 2015, largely contributing to the power stability in the country and more so the cost of power.

There are also Iron Ore deposits in the County’s Ikutha district. Iron ores are rocks from which metallic iron can be economically extracted. These rocks are usually found in the form of hematite (Fe2O3) or magnetite (Fe3O4). About 98% of world iron ore production is used to make iron in the form of steel.

The discovery of limestone deposits in Kanziku, Mathima, Simisi and Ngaaie areas has more recently drawn the attention of some of the region’s manufacturers. Some of the reserves are said to hold enough limestone to last a cement company more than 50 years. In Kenya, cement consumption increased 21.8 percent in 2014 to 5.2 Million tons.

Limestone rich areas covers 3,500 acres and it is assumed that, if the mining and production should start, it will offer 2,000 jobs directly and another 1,500 jobs indirectly to the local residents.

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Education

Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

Education being a key opener in any society, Kitui County has not yet been fully exploited in this very powerful sector. Higher education institutions are few in the County and this is a better opportunity that needs exploitation. In terms of private institutions, the county has not yet realized its full potential and therefor there is need for more institutions especially Higher Learning Institutions


Health

Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

HealthCare Sector The health care industry is an ever growing industry, mainly because the need for sound healthcare increases with age. Also, healthcare is one of the most important needs of man, because without good health, every other achievement is useless. Healthcare can be said to be all about providing medical services, products and equipment to extend, protect and increase the quality of human lives.

The health care is a broad industry comprising of several sub sectors such as:

• Primary health care

• Secondary health care

• Tertiary health care

Kitui County has several hospitals and health centers to meet the health needs of residents, among them Kitui General Hospital, Mwingi General Hospital, Kitui Nursing Home, Migwani District Hospital, Nema Hospital, Jordan Hospital, mission-run hospitals such as Muthale Mission hospital and some private health centers. Given the vastness and population of the county, this may not enough for the people hence need for more health care facilities in the county.

Kitui County provides unique and exciting work environment where Healthcare professionals can practice their skills with excellence and share their passion for our mission to care for all people of the county. We support professional development and expansion of skills and opportunity for all to reach the highest levels of personal potential and business success.

However, it is important you know that the healthcare is the most strictly regulated industry. This is because it is directly involved with human lives. So you would need to be licensed before you can operate any business in this industry and to obtain a license, you will need certification aside other requirements that need to be fulfilled.


Financial Institutions: Banks, SACCOs, Micro Finance Institutions

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

The county is well served by both international and local commercial banks. These include Barclays, Equity, Cooperative, Family, Kenya Commercial Banks and K-Rep. The major micro financial institutions in the county are Kenya Women Finance Trust and Jamii Bora. On the other hand Kitui Teachers SACCO and Mwingi Mwalimu SACCO which are found in the county have a total of 1,322 registered members while 658 members are registered for farming SACCOs. The turnover for SACCOs is approximated to be Ksh. 16,441,891. The financial institutions provide credit to farmers and businessmen hence reducing t poverty in the county.


Telecommunications

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

With a population of 1.01 million people and with improving affordability in the telecommunications sector, the market potential for telecommunications subscriptions and usage over the next few years is indeed very great. In this sector, aiming at ensuring availability of efficiency, reliability and affordability information communication services is a key to its success.

In Kitui County, key players in the county include the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK), Telkom Kenya, mobile telephony service providers such as Safaricom, Airtel, and Orange. There are three post offices and sixteen sub-post offices established in the county. In addition, the Corporation has been offering data communication services using the satellite-based Very Small Aperture Technology (VSAT) to access the internet. Other courier service providers such as G4S Security, also operates in the county, offering mail and parcel delivery services.

However, the Mobile Telephony Service is not effective in the Southern part of the County having a weak Mobile Telephony Network and people there walk for long distances in search of Network to make calls. But the major parts of the county enjoy great network reception which has seen the increase of subscribers, money transfer outlets like Mpesa and Airtel Money shops, airtime vendors as well as cyber cafes because of the internet access.


Transport Infrastructures

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00 Written by Super User

An efficient and reliable transport system is vital for the growth of any economy in the world. Because of its intensive use, transport sector is an important component of the economy and a common tool used for development. This is even more so in a global economy where economic opportunities are increasingly related to the mobility of people, goods and information. A relation between the quantity and quality of transport infrastructure and the level of economic development is apparent.

High density transport infrastructure and highly connected networks are commonly associated with high levels of development. When transport systems are efficient, they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits that result in positive multipliers effects such as better accessibility to markets, employment and additional investments. When transport systems are deficient in terms of capacity or reliability, they can have an economic cost such as reduced or missed opportunities and lower quality of life.

Kitui County has 210.2 km of bitumen roads, 1564.9 km of gravel surface and 1846.7 km of earth surface roads. In addition to this, the county has three airstrips; Ithookwe, Tseikuru and Mutomo airstrips. At the aggregate level, efficient transportation reduces costs in many economic sectors, while inefficient transportation increases these costs.

Transport contributes to economic development through job creation and its derived economic activities. Accordingly, a large number of direct and indirect (insurance, finance, packaging, handling, travel agencies, transit operators) employment are associated with transport. Producers and consumers take economic decisions on products, markets, costs, location, prices which are themselves based on transport services, their availability, costs and capacity.

 

 


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