County Government of Kiambu

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Joseph Kamau




John Ngigi Kuria




Ann Njeri Koimburi

Director Crops and Irrigation



Ruth Wambui Ng'ang'a

Director Agribusiness and Marketing



Phillip Gichuki Ndarua

Director Livestock and Fisheries



A Healthy, Food secure and Prosperous County



Promotion of sustainable agriculture through capacity building on agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security, value addition, marketing, extension and infrastructural development



  1. Market responsive agriculture –The agriculture interventions will be driven by the needs and preferences of the consumers.
  2. Public/ citizen participation – The inclusion of farmer and farmer organizations, civil society, private sector and development partners in sustainable agricultural development planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  3. Partnership building – Working with partners to enhance synergy and sustainability
  4. Consultations, collaboration and cooperation – Consultation, collaboration and cooperation with the national government, other counties and non-state actors to stimulate accelerated sustainable agricultural development in the county, market access and socio-economic development
  5. Cost effectiveness - Ensuring all programs designs and interventions are effective and efficient
  6. Social inclusiveness- Ensuring that women, youth, people with disabilities and the marginalized are involved in the sector
  7. Sustainable Development- Ensuring high food production using resource-conscious farming techniques that protect human, animal and the environmental.

1.2 Sector Mandate and Functions

According to the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 Article 185 (2), 186 (1) and 187 (2), the county government functions in agriculture are:

  1. Crop and animal husbandry;
  2. Livestock sale yards;
  3. County abattoirs;
  4. Plant and animal disease control and

1.2.1 Crop Husbandry

This includes;

  1. Provision of agricultural extension services or farmer advisory services;
  2. Development and implementation of programs in the agricultural sector to address food security in the County;
  3. Construction of grain storage structures;
  4. Enforcement of regulations and standards on quality control of inputs, produce and product from the agricultural sector;
  5. Availing farm inputs such as certified seeds, fertilizer and other planting materials, such as cassava cuttings or potato vines to farmers;
  6. Development of programs to intervene on soil and water management and conservation of the natural resource base for agriculture;
  7. Promotion of market access for agricultural products;
  8. Provision of infrastructure to promote agricultural production and marketing as well as agro processing and value chains;
  9. Enhancing accessibility to affordable credit and insurance packages for farmers;
  10. Management   of   agricultural   training centers (ATC) and   agricultural mechanization stations (AMS):
  11. Land development services such as construction of water pans and irrigation infrastructure


Farmer training on pests and disease scouting in greenhouse capsicum

1.2.2 Livestock

Refers to animal husbandry including livestock extension services to deliver husbandry technologies to livestock farmers and pastoralists, through farm demonstrations, farmer field days, farmer field schools, agricultural shows, individual farm visits, farmer training courses (residential and non-residential), Barazas, farmer tours, development and provision of posters, brochures or leaf lets;




1.2.3 Plant and animal disease control including carrying out, coordinating and overseeing;


  1. Communal dipping and spraying operations and vaccination campaigns; and
  2. Control of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds that are specific to counties;

1.2.4 Fisheries

This includes;

  1. Fisheries extension services;
  2. Up scaling of fin fish and crustacean culture;
  3. County fish seed bulking units;
  4. On-farm trials;
  5. Fish health certification;
  6. Development and maintenance of fish landing stations, fish   auction centers and fish landing fees through;
  • Demarcation of all fish breeding areas and fencing of fish landing stations;
  • Fish trade licensing and fish movement permits;
  • Collection of fish production statistics;
  1. Enforcement of fisheries regulations and compliance with management measures;
  2. Implementation of fisheries policy, fisheries management measures, regulation and limiting access to fishing;
  3. Fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance;
  4. Zonation for aquaculture-county specific disease control


Demonstration fish pond at Waruhiu ATC

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