Enrolment in Embu has increased from 7,800 to 12,000 translating to a 54% increase while the ECDE enrolment rose from 12,000 to 17,000 which translates to an increase of 42%.
To be the leading agent towards the achievement of food security for all, employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction in Embu County.
To promote and facilitate production of food and agricultural raw materials for food security and incomes; advance agro based industries and agricultural exports; and enhance sustainable use of land resources as a basis for agricultural enterprises.
The Agricultural Sector continues to play a very important role in the Embu economy. The sector contributes over 70 percent of Embu economic base and generation of 26 percent foreign exchange earnings. The sector also employs over 85percent of Embu rural population.
Embu County has diverse agro-ecological conditions and has the potential to feed the region and improve the economy of its people. Many crops grown in the region include maize, beans, sorghum, root crops, horticulture and industrial crops mainly coffee, tea, macadamia and cotton.
Worth noting is the fact that farmers in this county last year produced approximately 79,000MT of maize worth Ksh. 2.4 Billion; 32,000MT of sorghum worth Ksh. 81.5 million and 37,000 MT of beans valued at Ksh. 22 billion..
In horticulture sub-sector, in the year 2015, the county earned Sh10 billion from 164,000 MT of vegetables, Ksh. 3.6 billion from 180,000 MT of bananas, Ksh. 1.1 billion from 8,000MT of Irish potatoes and Ksh. 48million from 109,000 MT of mangoes.
To support horticulture production, the county government through partnership with the National Government has initiated a number of horticultural projects in this county; namely Small Holder Horticulture Marketing Program (SHOMAP) which has spent a total of Ksh. 238.4 million to develop horticulture market infrastructure at Karurumo, Kangaru, Kibugu and Kithimu markets.
Crops such as macadamia, tea and coffee have over the years earned favourable returns to farmers in this county. Over the last two years, farmers in the county were able to produce 2million MT of Macadamia nut worth Ksh. 120 million; 100,000 MT of tea worth Ksh. 3.7 billion and 205,680 MT of coffee worth Ksh. 10 billion.
The County Government is keen on supporting the promotion of these crops as the main foreign exchange earners through identifying areas of value addition and export markets promotion.
The livestock sub-sector in the county is worth about Ksh. 10 Billion, with about 175, 000 dairy cattle producing about 100 million litres of milk valued at Ksh. 3.5 billion annually.
There are also 250, 000 beef cattle, 215, 000 goats and over one million poultry birds.
The County Government overtime has put deliberate efforts through extension services to improve livestock production in the critical areas of breeding, feeding, routine animal husbandry practices, pests and disease control and marketing. Among the most significant beneficiaries of these efforts is the dairy industry which has registered tremendous growth in the recent past.
The County Government has already procured and administered over 300,000 doses of vaccine, fridges and freezers.
Plans are also underway to construct livestock market centers and support sub counties with milk coolers. This will lead to improved livestock productivity.
To encourage farmers to increase productivity and competitiveness by applying modern technological practices in the value chain of the various agricultural commodities, the county government is setting up an Industrial and ICT Incubation Centre at Njukiiri. The centre will promote business start-ups and SME development, technology and innovation development and job creation.
The Government is also promoting modern agricultural technologies such as greenhouse farming, drip irrigation and water harvesting for agricultural production, promotion of improved storage bags for postharvest management of pests and diseases that do not require the use of chemicals, provision of moisture meters for management of aflatoxin in stored grains and mechanized land preparation.