Lotome Chammah

Director Agriculture

Paul Lokone

Deputy Director Agriculture

Overview

The department of agriculture is mandate the responsibility of ensuring Turkana inhabitants are enabled to access, afford and be availed food that is adequate and in both quality and nutrition.


  • VISION
  • MISSION
  • To be the leading department in transforming Turkana county for food security, income generation and employment creation. Hence development achievement.

  • To improve food security and strengthen livelihoods.

  • CORE FUNCTIONS.
  • PROGRAMS 2018/2019.
  • CORE FUNCTIONS.

    • Crop production
    • Marketing of Farm produce
    • Research development
    • Innovations and technology transfer
    • Agri-business promotion
    • Agri-nutrition
    • Smart agriculture practice to reduce effect of climate change
    • Mechanized agriculture.
    • Development of Agricultural Training centre
    • Horticultural production
    • Soil and water conservation for fertility and soil management for crop production
    • Input seeds subsidy
    • Agri-nutrition establishment
    • Smart agriculture practice.
  • ACTIVITIES.
  • KEY ACHIEVEMENTS. 2017-2018. 

    • Increased land under crop production the financial year 2017/2018
    CROP AREA ACHIEVED

    (ACRES)

    Yield per acre YIELD IN BAGS(50KG) Price per bag(1500.00) MARKET PRICE
    Maize 8190.25 10 bags 81,902.5 1500.00 122,853,750 .00 ksh.million.
    Sorghum 3153 12 bags 37836 2000 75,672,000.00 ksh.
    Fruit trees and Vegetables 173.2 Harvested piece meal for sale.

     

    • Establishment of market linkages for farm produce (Agribusiness).
    • Multi- sectorial platform formation on food and nutrition security
    • Farmer’s capacity building on agronomy, agribusiness and nutrition through collaboration of partners (13,000 farmers)
    • Staff trainings both within and external.
    • Provision of farmer’s inputs.
    1. There is now 50 acres ready for vegetable production at Loodot Kaputir ward in collaboration with giz for planting. We will no longer depend on vegetables from Kitale. Achievement to turkana county government.

    This has been achieved through free agricultural extension service provided by county government.

    • Strengthening of partners collaboration.(FAO, WFP,GIZ, CRS,LWF,AICHM,LOKADO,KARMO)
    • Promotion of drought tolerant crops.
    • Enhancement of agricultural innovations and technologies.
    • Adaptation to climate change through smart agriculture practices.
    • Development of agricultural policy now at BILL/REGULATION stage.
    • Control of Locust and fall army in farming sites and pastoral areas.

    Yield output improved due to adequate agricultural extension service delivery and capacity building by both the farmers/staff. The 10 tractors bought and distributed to sub counties speeded up land preparation hence improved soil structure and increased soil water retention. Timeliness in input sourcing by county provided seed subsidy to farmers.

     

    CROP NUMBER OF FARMERS AS AT 2013 NUMBER OF FARMERS AS AT 2018
    Maize 15300 25400 farmers
    Sorghum 16796 farmers 23093 farmers
    Cowpeas 431 farmers 1662 farmers
    Green grams 360 farmers 706 farmers
    Horticultural crops 1018 farmers 2762 farmers

     

    NB.

    • 7 Technical staff taken to Israel for water resource and water management.
    • Deputy Director taken for advanced crop production and Irrigation technologies.
    • Current CEC went to Israel for a short course in advanced crop production and irrigation.
    • CO went to America for fertilizer use technology.
    • 1 SCAO went for agricultural training in China.

     

    Climate change mainstreaming in Turkana County

    • Climate change is already with us and its effect have impacted negatively to people living in rural communities in Turkana.
    • The understanding of the effect of climate change is of great concern
    • The ministry builds capacities of urban and rural communities to robustly adapt to climate change and realize the national and county action plans.
    • Adaptive mechanism to climate change is included in our CIDP.
    • Budgets are included for promotion of drought tolerant crops, Spate irrigation, soil fertility testing and address. Promotion of fruit trees, Agroforestry, capacity building of farmers/technical officers on climate change, spate irrigation and land reclamation of denuded lands.
    • The department of agriculture incorporates physical, biological and agronomic measures in rain-fed and irrigation areas to conserve and restore soil fertility and water for crop production.
    • Soil solarization through mulching

     Smart agriculture practice technologies/innovations

    • In irrigation schemes and rain-fed farms smart agriculture practice is practiced. The practice of combination of crops and agroforestry is promoted. The integration of crop-friendly trees, mainly high value agroforestry tree species and nitrogen fixing trees into the crop land with conservation Agriculture practices.
    • Smart Agriculture is characterized by three principles namely tillage, maximum soil cover and crop rotation and/or association. The emphasis is on the protection of the top soil layer which is responsible for sustaining crop life but is also the most vulnerable to erosion and degradation.

     

    Development of Agricultural policies with other stakeholders.

    • Agricultural policy

    Enhancement of participatory net planning.

    • Participatory net planning is a well-known and widely adopted methodology for the planning and implementation of county projects. Projects are achieved with involvement of all key stakeholders. This develops a strong sense of ownership in its success.
    • Participatory net planning goes through 2 phases-The capacity Building phase(CBP) and the Development phase(DP).

    Development of Agricultural policies with other stakeholders.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SMART AGRICULTURE PRACICE TRANSFERS/INNOVATIONS

    • Agricultural extension policy

    Enhancement of participatory net planning

    • Participatory net planning is a well-known and widely adopted methodology for the planning and implementation of county projects. Projects are achieved with involvement of all key stakeholders. This develops a strong sense of ownership in its success.

    Participatory net planning goes through 2 phases-The capacity Building phase (CBP) and the Development phase (DP).