Nandi County has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) to enable the county to digitize its agricultural services.

The MOU was signed by KOTDA and Nandi County Government during the unveiling of the Nandi County Digital MarketPlace, an online B2B trading platform for county entrepreneurs.

KoTDA Acting CEO John Paul Okwiri said the move will aid the authority to boost ICT use by the 47 County Governments towards Kenya’s vision to become a Digitally Enabled Society.

Okwiri noted that the initiative will also empower Kenyans in the 47 counties to receive better and faster services from the county and national governments.

“We are delighted to kick start this transformation with Nandi County. I believe it is a good step in our quest to grow the local tech ecosystem and unlock the digital economy potential,” said Okwiri.

He added, “This step in the right direction will open a world of opportunities for the people of Nandi County including digital skills and combating unemployment.”

KoTDA is expected to aid adoption of e-Government services, ICT research and innovation, digitalization of the Dairy Value Chain, Apiculture, Coffee Value Chain, Poultry Value Chain, ICT support in Digital Measurement Reporting and Verification (DMRV) of Climate-smart farming practices to earn carbon credits, and also provide cloud computing services for storage and processing of county data.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang exuded confidence in the MOU with the authority terming it a huge milestone as the county seeks to realise its transformation through digitalization.

He added, “Nandi County aims to be at the forefront of technological innovation and digital transformation, and this partnership will undoubtedly accelerate our efforts towards achieving these goals.”

The government has outlined various key projects it is pushing for a digital future including creating 100,000km of fiber optic structure, 25,000 hotspots and digitizing all key services.