Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong today received awards after Busia emerged the top County in terms of policy development and enabling environment for bamboo production.
The award coincided with the 10th World Bamboo Day and the first for Kenya with Busia accorded the honour of hosting the event at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre.
The Governor received a certificate and trophy from the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Hon. Mohammed Elmi.
Busia was also the inaugural winner of Sh553million conditional grant extended to counties through the Kenya Devolution Support Programme by the World Bank.
The county achieved this magnificent feat after meeting five key result areas including public finance management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and performance management, civic education and public participation; and environmental and social safeguards. KDSP Projects are on-going and are set for completion by November
Green Pot Enterprises emerged the best performing company. The best performing bamboo cluster went to Butula Bamboo co-operative society.
The award for the best three individuals advocating for bamboo in the county went to Mr Robert Sanya, Madam Francisca Kwasa and Victor Mwanga.
The best emerging organizations in promoting bamboo value addition and engaging youth and women were Eco Green and Climate Change Mitigation Initiative.
Mr Elmi said they chose to host two national functions in Busia, the other being Bio-Diversity Day recently held, owing good county leadership and because county residents have embraced bamboo farming; I have known the Governor to be a man of very little words but full of action.