Pamela Kimwele



Mrs. Immaculate Simiyu​​

Ag. Chief Officer

Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development is expected to steer the County towards an innovative and commercially-oriented agriculture and food secure economy. Though highly populated, Vihiga County has enormous resource endowment ranging from high precipitation, arable land, good road network and close proximity to both local and external markets. These tangible factors give the county the impetus to pull itself together and saddle itself on the development lane with minimal delay.

Mandate of the Department
The Kenya Constitution 2010 devolved the following functions and powers to the counties in the Agriculture sector; crop and animal husbandry, livestock sale yards, county abattoirs, plant and disease control and fisheries. Vihiga Department of Agriculture is comprised of 5 sub-sectors namely, Livestock production, Veterinary services, Crop Production, Fisheries and Cooperative. The following are the key roles/mandate of the Department;

  • Support the formulation and review of enabling institutions, legal and regulatory framework for the revitalization of agriculture sector in the County, and effective and efficient service delivery.
  • Build capacity of farmers through extension services and animal welfare in order to improve agricultural productivity in the county.
  • In collaboration with the National Government and other stakeholders, coordinate the construction of modern abattoirs, fresh produce markets, greenhouses, fish hatcheries and cold storage plants for fish, and coolers for milk.
  • Establish and coordinate agriculture support programmes, e.g. subsidized farm inputs, enhanced credit to farmers and free tea seedlings to support the farmers.
  • Improve market access for smallholders through better supply chain management.
  • Promote value addition to farm/livestock/fisheries products before they reach local, regional and international markets.

Sub Departments & Their Mandates

  • Agriculture
  • Livestock
  • Fisheries
  • Cooperatives

To ensure food security and Improve the livelihood of the people of Vihiga by promoting competitive and commercially oriented Crop, Fish and livestock farming through creation of an enabling environment and ensuring sustainable natural resource management.

To be an innovative, vibrant and leading institution in sustainable management of the Agricultural sector resources for socio economic development and environmental stability of Vihiga County.

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