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.
Embu County Government supports greenhouse farming]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
One of the agricultural extension officers taking Makima farmers
through crop pest control for high yield programme.
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
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