Makueni county government has received a grant of Sh 110 million from the European Union to support the ongoing fruit processing project.
The money will be injected into the Kalamba fruit processing project and used to initiate the expansion of the plant to enable it turn into a multi-processor and to create a packaging line.
The grant is part of Sh 3 billion to be allocated to 15 counties for Local Economic Development projects.
The targeted projects include construction of markets, abattoirs, fruit and milk processing factories, food storage, dairy, seed production and multiplication and fish processing.
Last year Makueni launched a fruit and milk processing plants at Kalamba and Kikima respectively.
Other counties expected to benefit from the funds include Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Tana River, Samburu, West Pokot, Laikipia, among others.
Makueni governor Professor Kivutha Kibwana witnessed the signing of LED-IDEAS proposal by County Secretary Paul Wasanga and Devolution PS Nelson Marwa.
Makueni is the first county to comply with the European Union conditions for the grant.
Some of the compliance requirements include high standards of fruit production, good agricultural practices and devolved decision making through committees.
Counties seeking the grant are also required to observe strict anti-corruption tendencies and good governance in their operations.
They are also required to come up with projects that transform livelihoods economically.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, European Union representative Vincent De Boer graced the event.
“This marks the beginning of the actual implementation of the IDEAS (Instruments for devolution advise and support) a programme whose financing agreement was signed between the Government of Kenya and the European Union,” Mr Boer said