AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND FOOD SECURITY

Vision

An innovative, commercially oriented and modernized agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector’.

Mission

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

Key achievements by Agriculture and Food Security Unit during the period included construction of produce post-harvest handling facility in Kigoto, Suba South which is 91% complete with its office block already completed while warehouse construction is at Lynton. Apart from projects being implemented, World Food Day celebration was held in Rachuonyo North Sub County at a cost of Ksh199,300 with 247 people attending, County

Agricultural Show was also held at Kendu Bay showground at a cost of KSh. 4.3M with 4061 people attending, and procurement of farm inputs (seeds, planting materials, fertilizers, fungicides and insecticides) and farm implements necessary for undertaking planned projects/ activities has been initiated.

Under the Fisheries Unit, achievements include purchase of patrol boats, conducting 40 surveillance and monitoring patrols to ensure prudent fishing, training of 200 BMU executive committee members on sustainable fisheries, construction of 4 pit latrines at 4 fish landing sites, purchase of 30 food grade cooler boxes, held 1 fisheries day celebrations, construction of 60 fish ponds, procurement of 1000 bags of fish feeds, 100,000 male tilapia fingerlings, 100 fish pond liners and 40 fish harvesting nets for pond culture fish farmers.

Additionally, under the IFAD funded Aquaculture Business Development Programme, fish farmers across the 40 wards were trained on opportunities available for fish farmers in the fish farming project.

Key achievements by Livestock sub department included; meat inspection was done in all the sub-counties except Suba South where there was no adequate staff, conducted disease surveillance, vaccinated approximately 300,000 chickens against New Castle Disease, Fowl pox and Gumboro diseases and 140 dogs against rabies, about 360 cows were served using artificial insemination, the sub-department in collaboration with Practical Action trained 240 youths in poultry production and marketing, infrastructural repairs of Homa Bay slaughter house were undertaken- two gates.

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