INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN BUNGOMA COUNTY
- AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT SECTOR
- Has potential given it’s endowed with fertile soils and receives well –distributed rainfall throughout the year.
- Major crops grown include maize, beans, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, and horticulture produce.
- Need to develop the county’s own nurseries for tissue culture bananas, acquisition of certified Irish potato seeds and bulking sites to boost horticultural production.
- Need to construct two milk cooling units and a modern dairy production capacity.
- Need to rehabilitate input supply systems, ensure security of tenure, transform agricultural structures, offer marketing and support services, restore efficient and well managed extension of lines of credit.
- Investment opportunities include, value chain addition enterprises for foods and non-food items, fertilizer processing, supplying of farm implements, farming technologies.
2. TOURISM, FORESTRY, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES SECTOR.
- The county has potential in tourist attraction sites that are yet to be exploited and one gazetted forest-618.2km2
- Many opportunities in cultural and eco-tourism, water based sports and related activities.
- Scenic hills: Chetambe, Sang’alo and Kabuchai. Rivers Nzoia, Sosio, Kibisi, Kuywa, Lwakhakha, Malakisi, Sio and Khalaba.
- Waterfalls: Nabuyole near Webuye Town, Mwikhupo in Tongaren, Malakisiin Sirisia and Terem in Mt Elgon.
- Investment avenues include: construction of tourist class hotels, ecological resorts, cable cars between high hills, mountaineering tracks, wild walk tracks in Mt.Elgon forest, sporting car tracks, artificial lakes, dams and hydro- electric power generation at water falls.
3. INFRASTUCTURE AND PUBLIC WORKS SECTOR
- Bungoma county has 154.0km of bituminous surface , 509.25km of gravel surface and 1128.17km of earth surface
- 90% of road network is in deplorable state. This impacts negatively on trade mobility resulting in increase to cost of doing business.
- Urgent needs are upgrade of road network with specific intervention in agriculturally rich areas as well as the tourist circuits
- Opportunities exist in improving the road network under PPP arrangements as well as supply of construction equipment, affordable green housing technologies ,real estate development ,spatial planning for urban rural areas and development of modern transport systems.
4. EDUCATION , SCIENCE ANDICT SECTOR
- The county has 851 primary school (public 651 and 200 private). Secondary schools are 241(public 229 and private 12)
- Enrollment in primary and secondary schools is 75% and 52.1% respectively.
- Investment opportunities exist in the improvement and expansion of education infrastructure across all levels, provision of teaching learning materials, construction of modern libraries, science laboratories, eco-sanitation blocks, teacher in-service training centers and provision of e-learning centers.
- Develop and enforce ICT standards to promote integration of system data management and cost-effective use of ICT infrastructure and services.
5. HEALTH ,WATER AND SANITATION SECTOR
- The county has 136 health facilities(11 hospitals,4 nursing homes,16 health centers,78 dispensaries,27 clinics and 134 community units)that are all equipped and understaffed
- A sector with critical gaps more in reproductive health due to few hospitals, which are poorly distributed and scarcely equipped.
- Need to refurbish medical equipment’s ,laboratories and general health infrastructure development to enable imparting of quality health care
- Over 60%of households source water from unprotected springs, wells and bore halls, with 95% of household using pit latrines which pollutes underground water sources.
- Investment opportunities exist in constructing a referral Health Facility under PPP arrangements, as well as expansion and equipping the existing facilities.
- Investment in water and sanitation include construction of multi-purpose dams ,expanding water treatment plants ,developing gravity water systems and developing sewage systems for all urban areas.
6. TRADE,ENERGY AND INDUSTRIALZATION SECTOR
- The county government seeks to provide affordable credit finances to traders all over the county.
- Need to light up the county both in urban and rural centers.
- There is high potential for electric generation along the county rivers.
- Molasses products ;citric acid, acetic acid, oxalic acid, absolute alcohol and yeast are crucial needing research to establish their potential and viability.
- Revival or alternative engagements at collapsed industries such as Pan African Paper Mills in Webuye, Kitinda Dairy and Malakisi Cotton Ginnery.
- Need to develop an industrial park in the county mainly for the purpose of providing incubation services to SME’s and setting up and SME Data base for both retail and manufacturing enterprises.
- Development of Agro processing industries will be vital to ensure that we add value to our Agricultural products.
7. GENDER ,CULTURE ,YOUTH AND SPORTS SECTOR
- Mainstreaming gender and youth issues in development is a priority in the County Government.
- The dynamic cultures and steady youth’s energy both in formal and informal sectors are assets that need tapping.
- Existing cultural sites need upgrading, they include Lumboka fort, Sudi Namachanja’s Mansoleum at Tulumba, Sikele Sia Mulia footprints in Sang’alo, Bungoma County Cultural Center at Sanga’lo.
- The county is home to top athletes and footballers.
- Thus investment opportunities exist in construction of high altitude sports stadia, sporting centers, youth talent exhibition centers, youth and video recording studios, youth and woman centered small and medium enterprise parks, music and video recording studios, expanding and equipping youth polytechnics and developing the various scenic cultural sites –access roads, accommodation facilities, cultural hotels and cultural villages.
8. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SECTOR
- This sector is facilitating partner to other county departments and agencies, charged with managing human resources and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery.
- It faces challenges of capacity in delivering its mandate
- Key to exploit new efficiency , create more effective ways of working to improve productivity.
- Success will therefore be determined by capacity and ability to leverage implementation from county, sub-county, ward and village levels.
- Thus investments exist in provision of modern HR management systems and construction of capacity development centers.
9. LAND, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
- The county faces an acute shortage of decent housing and social Housing schemes to tackle informal settlement challenges.
- Urban areas do not have spatial plans , while their physical plans are outdated. Land tenure systems are mostly free hold which encourages sub-division into uneconomic units.