town, western Kenya, on the Uasin Gishu Plateau west of the Great Rift Valley. Situated at an elevation of 6,857 feet (2,090 metres) above sea level, it has a healthful climate that attracted many European settlers during the colonial period. It serves an agricultural area; the chief crops are corn (maize), wheat, and pyrethum (a plant used in manufacturing insecticides). Cattle raising in the vicinity is important. Local industries include flour-milling and food-processing plants. Eldoret is a rail stop on the line running northwest into Uganda. It is the seat of a Roman Catholic bishopric and is home to Moi University (1984). Pop. (2004 est.) 195,200.

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