The horticultural business improves after the complete establishment of the Nakuru Airport. There shall be no perishable product going to waste due to delays in transport. Air transport remains the best mean of transport in this sector.
Horticultural Business Leads To Airport establishment
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) began constructing the KSh3 billion Nakuru airport after settling on a contractor.
The Ksh3 billion project located at the 81Tanks Battalion barracks. It sees the Lanet Airstrip elevated into a modern international airport, which will be used by civilian aircraft.
According to KAA, the airstrip upgraded in two phases in partnership with Nakuru’s county government. The government-funded the first phase of the project that consists of a 1.7 km runway rehabilitation.
The second phase concentrates on expanding the runway from 1.7km to 3.6km. Hence ensuring the airport accommodates larger aircraft (approximately 40 to 100 tonnes).
Nakuru County has a lot of potential in the horticulture industry especially in the floriculture sub-sector.
Nakuru inched closer to an international airport, 15 years after the dream conceptualized.
Therefore a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sh2 billion airport at the 81 Tank Battalion Barracks in Lanet. This was held on Tuesday and attended by politicians and high-ranking military officers.
”The military will provide necessary support towards implementation of the project.” Deputy Kenya Air Force Commander Brigadier John Omenda assured residents
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“This national project serves Nakuru County and the entire country at large. I urge all players in this project to cooperate to make it successful for the benefit of the country. We are optimistic it will bring development to the country,” said Brigadier Omenda. The government allocated Sh400 million for the project in the current financial year. This is with a promise of additional funding in subsequent years.
Transport Principal Secretary Solomon Kitungu described the project as “an early Christmas gift for the county and a major milestone.”
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The first phase of the project entails upgrading the current military airstrip to an airport. This will serve both the military and civilians. The facility will handle both commercial and passenger flights from across the country.
“The current airstrip will be upgraded to bitumen standards. This is after which we shall set up two aprons and two terminal buildings; one for civilians and another for the military. A civilian access road will also be set up,” said Mr.Kitungu.
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This project promotes horticultural business since Nakuru produces more perishable flowers. These needs fastest mean of transport. Air transport remains the fastest mean of transport so far.
Hope still exist that Nakuru improves it’s economy as the project completes