The North Rift Economic Bloc formed by 8 Kenyan counties will start exporting fresh produce now it is viable. Jackson Mandago, Uasin Gishu governor said the bloc will fight poverty and economically empower more than 15 million people. "We plan to have two or three cargo planes operating at the Eldoret Airport weekly. We can only do this if we come together and ensure our farmers produce the quantity required." he said.

Mandago said they will work towards increasing production of horticultural crops for export.

The counties in the bloc are Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana, Baringo and Samburu.

The bloc will hold its first investor conference in Eldoret town between November 18 and 21, to be officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.