File photo shows the Nairobi Eastern & Northern Bypass built by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Sept. 26, 2012. It is one of the "China Roads" referred to by the local people.
KITALE, Kenya, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's North Rift region is set for transformation as a Chinese firm has won the tender to construct the first tarmac road that extends to South Sudan.
China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation has been contracted to undertake the construction of the 400-km road in a region known as Kenya's breadbasket.
Ferdinand Wanyonyi, a lawmaker in Kwanza Constituency in Trans Nzoia County, on Tuesday hailed the 20 million U.S. dollars project funded by the national government, saying it will transform the lives of local farmers.
The Kitale-Namanjalala-'Keriget-Chepchoina road, intended to link Kenya with South Sudan, is expected to be launched by Deputy President William Ruto next month.
Kwanza constituency has no tarmacked road and residents use donkeys to transport produce from farms to markets.
Girls drive donkeys to fetch drinking water from a river in Naivasha, about 90 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Dec. 2, 2013. (Xinhua/Allan Muturi)
Wanyonyi said the project is a major boost to farming activities, arguing that dilapidated road infrastructure has in the past denied residents the opportunity to market their produce and earn better returns.
"This is a milestone project. People have suffered because the bad state of the roads especially during rainy season. It is a blessing to my electorates and we expect farming activities to flourish," he said.
"It has been difficult to transport farm produce to the market and this road is going to boost our farming business," said a maize farmer Peter Kidelo.
"Transporting produce from the area has been a nightmare and we are happy that the government considered upgrading the road," he added.