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Our Mandate Agriculture, crop and animal husbandry;Livestock sale yards; County abattoirs; plant and animal disease control; Fisheries, Veterinary services (excluding regulation of the profession), Storm water management systems inbuilt-up areas; water and sanitation services. Animal control and welfare, including—licensing of dogs; and facilities for the accommodation, care and burial of animals..


  • Agriculture, crop and animal husbandry; 
  • Livestock sale yards 
  • County abattoirs; plant and animal disease control 
  • Fisheries 
  • Veterinary services (excluding regulation of the profession) 
  • Storm water management systems inbuilt-up areas; water and sanitation services. 
  • Animal control and welfare, including—licensing of dogs; and facilities for the accommodation, care and burial of animals.

Agriculture and food security

This pillar is meant to improve livelihoods of Migori county community through promotion of competitive and sustainable agriculture sub-sectors, growth of a viable, equitable distribution and sustainable management of natural resources.

Agriculture Achievements

Description of activity/project  




Immediate outcome /Impact

Distribution of Farm inputs

All 40 wards


4,000 farmers

Increased yield.

Distribution of Banana tissue culture

All 40 wards


73,000 suckers

Improved banana yield

Rice milling machine

Sub-County Headquarters

Rice farmers


Increased rice production

Establishment of fruit tree Nursery


Youth groups/Farmers


Increased fruit production

Equipping ATC

Miyare ATC

Farmers and youth groups


Improved knowledge and skills to farmers

Purchase of Motorbikes


Agricultural extension officers


Improved accessibility to extension services

Livestock achievements

Description of activity/project  




Immediate outcome /Impact

Distribution of Dairy cow

All 40 Wards



Increased Milk production

Purchase of harvesting equipment

All 40 wards




Sub-County Headquarters

Bee-keepers farmers


Increased honey production



Livestock farmers


Increased meat hide production

Rehabilitation of cattle dips

All wards



Improved animals Health

Fisheries achievements

Description of activity/project  




Immediate outcome /Impact

Supply of Monosex fish fingerlings

All 40 Wards

Farmers and


Increased fish production

Supply of fish feeds

All 40 wards



Improved fish production

Completion of landing sites

Nyang’wena and Sori

Fishermen and fish stakeholders


Increased fish production

Construction of slaughterhouses


Livestock farmers


Increased meat hide production

Rehabilitation of cattle dips

All wards



Improved animals Health

Water and Sanitation

Description of activity/project  




Immediate outcome /Impact

Construction of community water project

1.Lwanda –Rapogi, (Uriri Sub-County )


 2. Got-Kwa ( Suna-East )

 3.Gwitembe (Kuria-East)

 4.Pundo Kanyango-( Suna-East)

 5.Kochere Ratieny- Nyatike Sub-County

 6.Jangoe-( Nyatike Sub-County)

 7. Sibuoche

Ward residence


Increased access to clean and safe water covering between 1000-3000 people

Rehabilitation of water supply

  1.Isebania (Kuria-West)

 2.Rongo town (Rongo)

 3.Ndiruma( Nyatike) 

 4. Ndiwa (Nyatike)

Town residence


Provision of clean and safe drinking water

Purchase of 10,000 litres plastic tanks

All wards

Public institutions

240 tanks

Provision of clean and safe drinking water

Installation of water pipes

1.Wuoth-ogik (Suna-West)

 2.Namba-Kababu (Suna-West)

 3.Oruba (Suna-West)

 4.Onyalo Wasio (Suna-East)


Reduction in water related disease cases reported in health facilities

Policies formulated for service delivery 

  1. County policy on the provision of water and sanitation 
  2. Strategic plan on water and sanitation 

Bills and Acts enacted for effective service delivery of the sector 

The water sector has adopted the water act of 2002. 

 Public awareness and participation in the sector 

Public participation is done during;  

  • Dissemination of information to the public through the department of information and public communication 
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Allocation of projects and programmes
  •  Implementation stage of projects 
  • Public awareness is done through stakeholder meetings and community sensitization public meetings at ward levels (public Baraza) 
  • Selection of beneficiaries in done through public meetings conducted by stakeholders. 

 Internal audit control measures 

  1. Every programme/ projects has an in-built monitoring and evaluation system 
  2. To ensure accountability and effective delivery of services, performance contracting and appraisal system 
  3. Funds are sourced using activity based 
  4. The County has established Monitoring and evaluation department to ascertain the value of money for all projects, programmes and policies implemented. 

 Ensuring equal equitable distribution of resources 

  • Sharing of projects based thematic areas and the available options among the 40 wards 
  • Equalization through the ward development funds to address the imbalance 
  • Targeting disadvantage areas for intervention. 
  • Assessment and response based on need analysis

Farm Inputs Project: Nerica-Rice in Awendo Sub-County

Farmers of Wema Self-Help Group at Nyabokarange Village, Kuria-West as they keenly follow instructions on

how to operate the newly installed rice mill.

The Rice mill installed and ready for milling operations.

Water Pan for Irrigation & Domestic Use

Water pans constructed have reduced time spent to collect water and water livestock for over five kilometres. It also enhanced irrigated horticulture farming around the pan  

Farm Inputs Project: Nerica-Rice in Awendo Sub-County

Farmers of Wema Self-Help Group at Nyabokarange Village, Kuria-West as they keenly follow instructions on

Farm Input Access Programme (FIAP)

Each benefiting farmer was given planting fertilizer, topdressing fertilizer and a pack of seed worth planting one acre .worth planting one acre. 

 FIAP has supported a total of 8000 farmers to attain food security and have surplus for sale. The average yield of maize has increase from an average of 6 bags to 15 bags per acre. The retail price of maize in the local market has stabilized from an extreme range of between KSh. 40 at harvest and KSh. 130 three months later to between KSh. 60 and KSh. 80 during the same periods.

Hybrid Maize Seeds transported to Farmers, Kuria-West Sub-County and one of the cows earlier issued by the

Farmers Collecting Farm Input from Collection Centre 

Governor has given birth, so have others across the county.

Deputy Governor Flags of a Truck Transporting Fertilizer to Farmers

Rice promotion

When counties were formed the rice acreage was 150 acres and only confined to Awendo Sub-County. Currently the acreage has risen to 1,972 acres spread across all the eight Sub-Counties and has a fast-growing trend.  

A Farmer at his Nerica Rice Field, Awendo Sub-County

The newly-constructed and equiped dining hall and kitchen facility at Miyare ATC.

Aquaculture Projects Achieved

  • Procured and supplied 802,000 fish fingerlings to fish farmers in Migori. 
  • A total of 802 ponds were stocked with fish. 
  • Procured and supplied a total of 1535 bags of fish feeds to fish farmers in Migori County

Right: CECM for Agric. Livestock & Fisheries assessing some of the fingerlings before distribution to farmers in Opapo Rongo sub-county

Future Aquaculture plans 

  • Support existing farmers to produce 5 million quality fingerlings in the near future.

Planned activities in aquaculture 

  • Support fish farmers to construct 1500 new fish ponds by the year 2017. 
  • Support fish Farmers in Rongo and Uriri with simple feed pelletizing machines to produce 40 tonnes of fish feeds per year by 2017.
  •  Construction of a Fisheries (Aquaculture) research and training centre in the County 
  • Enhance farmed fish production to sustainably supply the mini fish processing plant at Rongo 
  • Construct a Fish Hatchery in the County for sustainable supply of quality fingerlings

Future Plans in Capture Fisheries

  •  Construction of 10 modern fish landing sites to reduce post-harvest losses 
  • Construction a cold store/ice making machine sites to reduce post-harvest losses 
  • Construction of 3 modern open fish markets in the County. 
  • Completion of a Fish Auction centre at Mauro-Bay

Expected Output

From the input supplies of 802,000 fingerlings and 1535 bags of fish feeds, it is expected that the production of fish will increase by 16.04 tonnes this financial year (2014-15)

Public private partnership in the sector 

  • SOYA BEANS: Office of Deputy President provided 16 Tons of seeds and Agriculture directorate implemented the initiative. 
  • CASSAVA: Ministry of Agriculture (National Government-Kilimo HQ) funded (KSh.1.6M) proposal by directorate to bulk 255 acres (5 acres at Miyare ATC and 250 acres with farmers. Each farmer planted a quarter acre of cassava cuttings 
  • Lower Kuja Irrigation Project: National Irrigation Board and Directorate of Agriculture partner in Nyatike Sub-County
  • GREEN HOUSE TECHNOLOGY: AMIRAN provide demonstration kits for the directorate.

Rice sustainability 

  • FIAP each beneficiary pays a commitment fee of KSh. 1,000 to discourage a handout mentality and improve ownership. 
  • Cereal bank strategy: farmers preserve their harvest in order to sell at peak price periods thereby earning more income. 
  • Rice farmers are organized to form associations or cooperatives to bulk their own seed 
  • To promote upland rice the County has bought and installed three rice mills 
  • Water pans: Committees are nominated and trained on water pan management and use. These committees organize their communities to contribute small amounts of money to maintain the pans.

Soya Sustainability 

  • Sustainability in Soya: Farmers are contracted by FRESHCO who supply quality seed to farmers while Equatorial Nut Processors buy the produce from farmers. More market is enhanced through training on local consumption.

Tissue Culture Bananas Sustainability 

  • Tissue Culture bananas are given only to farmers who have prepared right planting holes for the suckers to ensure proper survival of the seedlings. Once planted these seedlings have to be well maintained and passed on to other farmers for faster spread within the community.

Subsidized tractor hire services 

Tractor Hire Services are subsidized to farmers to such a level that ensures the tractors are self-maintained.  

Future project sustainability

The future plans to ensure sustainability is ensured through developed County Integrated Development Plan, stakeholder involvements and lobbying for investors in the sector


  • Ownership of projects and programmes: Farmer contribution of KSh. 1000 for Farm Input Access Programme, Payment of KSh 50 for Fruit seedlings at County Fruit tree nursery. 
  • Bulking of cassava among farmers for proper maintenance and faster spread at reduced expense. 
  • Raising vegetable seedlings in pots to evade harsh soil and weather conditions and be ready at onset of rains. Risks and Challenges of the sector.

Risks and Challenges of the sector 


  • Erratic flow of funds versus seasonality of agricultural operations
  • Epidemic of Maize Lethal 
  • Necrotic Disease Striga weed menace 
  • soil acidification


  • Need to harmonize the flow of funds especially with respect to field operations
  • Diversification with NERICA rice, soya beans and cassava 
  • use of Striga weed tolerant seeds 
  • use of the right varieties

Methods and Strategies to Achieve Desired Project Goals 

  • County Integrated Development Programme (CIDP) 
  • Agriculture sectoral plan 
  • Most projects are designed as upscale and improvement of the previous programmes.
  • Every programme/project has an in-built monitoring and evaluation system. 
  • Training of beneficiaries is part and parcel of the implementation phase. 
  • Established the sector targets from the first county Integrated Development Plan 
  • Determined performance indicators 
  • Sought for partnership with sector stakeholders 
  • Carrying out baseline survey to determine implementation action plans 
  • Signing of performance contract on deliverables within the sector

Effective delivery of services 

  • To ensure accountability and effective delivery of services, performance contracting and appraisal system is used. 
  • Funds are sourced using activity based work plans and budgets 

Sectoral mid-term goals 

 Anchored on the first County Integrated Development Plan, the county plans to: 

  •  Construct/rehabilitate 84 earth dams/pans 
  • Drill and equip 89 boreholes 
  • Rehabilitate 25 boreholes/wells 
  • Construct/rehabilitate 9 water supply schemes 
  • Construct/protect 45no springs and shallow wells
  •  Provide 500 roof catchment tanks C
  • onstruct 4 convention waste water treatment systems 
  • Construction of 61 ablution blocks

50m cubed pressed steel tank at Jangoye Water project

Piped water for the county population

Water kiosk with 5m3 plastic tank at Kayara pr. School

Spring protection works: 

These water sources exist within the county but some are unprotected and thus pose health risk to the communities who depend on them for their water needs. The county has constructed 15no of these facilities to provide safe water.

 Some facilities are provided with toilet and bathrooms to take care of sanitation and hygiene while others are provided with ferro cement tanks to provide storage for the night flow and hence adequate.

Community drawing water from a protected spring at Kabonyo, Suna-East Sub-County

Ferro cement tank incorporated for night flow storage

Supply and delivery of plastic tanks 

10000 litre tanks purchased and provided to learning and health institutions to provide safe water and improve of the hygiene of the institutions.

240 tanks distributed to date.

Governor Okoth Obado flagging off plastic water tanks in 2014 to schools and other public institutions 

Rehabilitation/augmentation of water supplies 

The county rehabilitated Rongo water supply to restore it to operational status. During this period the sector was blessed to have three water supplies (i.e. Awendo, Migori and Isebania) rehabilitated /augmented with support from the National Government and Donors

Migori water supply treatment plant at Oyani, Uriri Sub-County 

The Governor serving water to residents of Jangoye inside a water-kiosk installed next to the main pumping station of the Jangoye Water System

A Member of the public quenches his thirst from the newly completed Kegonga water project in Kuria-East Sub-County

Specific plans and partnerships to counter future dynamics: 

The funds available and allocated through the county are not adequate to address the needs of the sector. The sector has thus made elaborate plans through concept notes and round table talks to seek additional funding from the German, Israel, Korean and Japanese governments and the Water Service Trust Fund to provide water and sanitation.

Awendo Jiw-dendi water project in Awendo Sub-County – Partnership between the County Government and the Water Services Trust Fund

Water Service Trust Fund county inception workshop at Creadex Hotel, Migori town

Audit and control measures taken to improve Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

  • Improved metering for consumers to reduce Non Revenue Water 
  • Improved surveillance on the pipelines for fast action on bursts, leakages and illegal connections 
  • Handling of cash by staffs for water services prohibited enhancing accountability in revenue collection – customers make direct payments to the account or through MPesa paybill number. 

Strategies relating to implementation of midterm goals in the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene sector: 

  •  Prioritizing the sector at budgeting especially during the 2015/16FY with a threefold increase in budget allocation. 
  • Strategizing to increase funding with support from donors and other development partners. 
  • Borehole sites identified and hydro geological surveys carried out in readiness for financial support. This saves time when funds are allocated or a development partner is identified.