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CEC's Message -Hon.Joanne Nduku Nyamasyo-

The department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries encompasses Crop, Livestock and Fisheries development as well as the Agricultural Mechanization Station and Agricultural Training Centres. Its Mandate is to promote and facilitate production of crop, livestock and fish products for food security and household incomes through value addition; and enhance sustainable use of land as a resource for agricultural production Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries is recognized as the back born of Kwale County economy, contributing over 80% both directly and indirectly to the livelihoods of the community. Agricultural enterprises and activities are guided by the ecological conditions with 33% of the total land area having medium to marginal potential in terms of agricultural production and 67% being rangelands receiving annual rainfall below 700mm.

The main food crops grown in Kwale County include: maize, cassava,sweet potatoes, beans, peas and green grams while main cash crops grown include: cashew nuts,coconut, sugarcane, bixa and semi-commercial crops like citrus, passion and mangoes. Even though there is high production potential, of these crops, current yields are very low due to poor agronomic practises.

Livestock production is the main economic activity in the rangeland where local breeds of both cattle and small ruminants mainly goats are kept in large numbers with very few crosses of improved breeds. Though livestock population are high, production has remained low due to low quality breeds compounded with poor husbandry and high incidences of pests and diseases.

Kwale has abundant fisheries reserves along the coastline but fish catch is very low due to in appropriate and limiting fishing equipments. Major fish reserves include: Shimoni, Vanga, Msambweni, Diani, and Tiwi. The main types of fish catch are Rabbit Fish, scavengers, Jack Fish and King Fish. In addition, there are 338 fish ponds in the county and the number is expected to go up through aquaculture promotion targeting institutions as income generating project.

Based on the above scenario, the department intends to make Kwale County food secure and increase household income through development projects that promote improved agronomic practices in terms of land preparations, use of high quality planting materials and farm inputs as well as promote irrigation in areas with reliable water sources; improved livestock breeds and husbandry as well as efficient and effective pest and disease control and empowering fisher folks to increase marine and aquaculture catch and total incomes from fish and fish products.

I take this opportunity to welcome partners with the same vision for Kwale County to come and partner with us. Thank you.

MINISTRY’S PROFILE (CORE VISION, MISSION AND MANDATE)

Vision:

An innovative, commercially oriented and modern Agriculture, livestock and fisheries development

Mission:

To improve livelihoods of the people of Kwale County through promotion of competitive agriculture and innovative research, sustainable livestock and fisheries development.

Core Strategies:

1. Promote adoption of appropriate technologies for crop, livestock and fisheries in the county for sustainable food security

2. Create an enabling environment for the sector to develop

3. Increase agricultural productivity through facilitating access to affordable inputs and services.

4. Increase market access of agricultural produce and products

5. Promote sustainable land use in agricultural activities

6. Enhance institutional efficiency and effectiveness in implementation and service delivery.

Mandate:
To promote and facilitate production of crop, livestock and fish products for food security and incomes through value addition; and enhance sustainable use of land resource for agricultural production

PROJECT 1: FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE PROJECT

Project start date : July, 2013/14 End date June 2017

Located: County wide Project period 2013/14 :

Procurement of 20 tractors, 63 Tonnes of Cowpeas and 27 Tonnes of Green Grams for short rains,33 tonnes of PH4 and 17 tonnes of PH1 for the long rains; 600 tons fertilizer and 18 tons of stalk borer dust.

Implementation status for 2013/14: 100%

Social benefits: Food security and increase income at household level through improved land preparation, use of certified seeds, fertilizer and other farm inputs

seeds distribution
Launch of the 20 Tractors at the County HQ Tractor handover at the ward level

Seeds distribution to farmers

PROJECT 2: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND FOOD SECURITY THROUGH LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT

Project start date : July, 2013/14 End date June 2017
Located: County wide

Implementation status: 100%
Duration :Project 2013/2014

Social benefits: Food security and Economic empowerment to livestock keepers through improved breeds, improved management and disease control, livestock diversification and improved market access.

cattle vaccination Launch goats
cattle vaccination Launch Goat improvement project(Meat goat bucks for distribution to community at Kinango ward

Dairy improvement project: Dairy cattle distributed to farmers at Golini/Tsimba war

PROJECT 3: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND FOOD SECURITY THROUGH FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT

Project start date: July, 2013/14 End date June 2017

located: County wide

Implementation status:100%

Project 2013/2014: : provision of fishing accessories, provision of 2 rescue boats and construction of 16  fish ponds
Social benefits: economic empowerment and  food security through provision of fishing accessories, provision of rescue boats and construction of fish ponds

boat boat

Rescue boats boat purchased by the county government

Rescue boats boat purchased by the county government

Rescue boats boat purchased by the county government