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Kenya: Turkana Rolls Out Plan to Promote Value-Addition in Gemstone Mining

The Turkana county government plans to promote value added gemstone mining to enable local artisanal miners get higher income from the valuable stones.

Mr Natome said the devolved unit is in consultation with State Department of Mining to establish a gemstone value addition centre.Acting director for mineral promotion and value addition in the State Department of Mining, Evans Masachi said Turkana is on the right track in ensuring artisanal miners do not drop out of the industry due to ignorance.Modern value addition centres in counties rich in precious and high valuable stones will enhance the value of the stones and hence better prices at export markets," he said.County mineral resources chief officer Moses Natome said the county is endowed with precious and high valuable stones such as sapphire, rhodolite garnet and jade.

Mr Natome said active exploration of all precious stones in the county will sustain the centre with raw materials "over a commercially viable time frame".26 January 2021 p The Turkana county government plans to promote value added gemstone mining to enable local artisanal miners get higher income from the valuable stones.

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