Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Vision
To be the leading agent towards the achievement of food security for all.

Mission
To improve livelihood of our people through promotion of competitive agriculture, sustainable livestock and fisheries sectors.
Core Functions
 Formulation, implementation and monitoring of agricultural legislation, regulations and policies.
 Provision of agricultural extension services
 Supporting agricultural research and promoting and promoting technology delivery.
 Facilitating and representing agricultural state corporations in the government.
 Development, implementation and coordination of programs in the agricultural sector.
 Regulating and quality control of inputs, produce and products from the agricultural sector.
 Management and control of pests and diseases in crops.
 Promoting management and conservation of the natural resource base for agriculture.
 Collecting, maintaining information on the agricultural sector.

Agribusiness and Irrigation
Farming is turning Garissa into a bread basket. Already, waters from River Tana are transforming the region into a valley of opportunities where individuals and groups are engaged in mixed farming. The valley stretches from Fafi constituency and covers all of Garissa township and parts of Lagdera.
It is estimated that Garissa has 44,100 acres of land along the Tana River Basin. Currently, only 5121 acres of land (12%) along the basin is under irrigation, mainly of horticultural crops such as banana, mango, tomato, water melon, onion, pawpaw, and chilies.
Garissa County does not only export fruits and vegetables to other parts of Kenya, but also to neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia.
In addition to favorable climate and fertile soils, massive infrastructure development has been undertaken in the Tana Basin over time by local and international Non Governmental Organizations, technical cooperation arms of development partners, and the government.
Partnership with firms providing integrated agribusiness solutions through irrigation with built in social integration mechanisms are highly desirable.


Garissa county cattle,goats.sheeps and camels are an important economic asset, especially among pastoral and agro pastoral livelihood groups. They provide sources of livelihood through milk and meat production and market sales. Over the past decade, the importance of the cattle trade among these food economy groups has been increasing due to the high value of cattle and the ever increasing seasonal demand for slaughtering and restocking in other parts of Kenya and Tanzania.
Livestock production is a significant part of the County’s economy. Between 2005 and 2007, Garissa cattle producers earned over 1.8 billion shillings in sales in domestic and overseas markets. Construction on a new abattoir also began in October 2007. In terms of livestock imports, most of Garissa’s cattle come from cross-border trade between Somali livestock merchants.
Livestock is a crucial source of financial capital for the rural poor. The arid and semi-arid lands are home to nearly 70% of the national herd with an estimated value of Kenya shillings 70 billion. For many, it is the only form of savings available. Therefore, its efficient production and marketing is essential for sustaining pastoral livelihoods. The existing Garissa livestock market in Garissa town covers a total area of approximately 10 acres. It provides a range of employment and income-earning opportunities to the resident of not only Garissa County but the entire northern region.

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