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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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