Bungoma County lies between latitude 00 28’ and latitude 10 30’ North of the Equator, and longitude 340 20’ East and 350 15’ East of the Greenwich Meridian. The County covers an area of 3032.4 Km2. It boarders the republic of Uganda to the North west, Trans-Nzoia County to the North-East, Kakamega County to the East and South East, and Busia County to the West and South West.
Main crops produced include maize, beans, finger millet, sweet potatoes, bananas, sorghum, Irish potatoes and assorted vegetables. Sugar cane, cotton, palm oil, coffee, tea, sun flower and tobacco are grown as cash crops in the County. The area under food crops is 201,654.6 ha, while that under cash crops is 86,423.4 ha
Potato is a key enterprise in the County and contributes enormously to food security, income generation and employment in the county. Bungoma County production has been increasing and in 2016 the county contributed 11.75% to the national production. (2,119,979). Previously Potato was grown in Mt. Elgon and Kimilili sub counties but other potential sub counties include; Tongeren, Sirisia, Kabuchai, Webuye East and Webuye West. Potato is an important food crop and main source of carbohydrates and vitamins. It’s also source of cash to households.
The crop is cultivated by about 20,155 farm families in the County both for subsistence (approx.10%) and commercial purposes (approx.78% ) the rest (approx. 2%_is used as farmer own saved seed. The crop is mainly produced by small scale farmers who own between 0.25 – 2 acres per season in two major seasons (March/April – June/July and July/August-October/November) and one minor season (October/November- Jan/Feb). The average area of production is 1739Ha per season producing 43,521 tonnes annually of ware potatoes. This earns the farmers Kshs 870 Million per year making it one of the most important crop enterprises in the County. The current average yield of Irish potatoes in the County is 17.5 metric tonnes per hectares against the potential production of 40 metric tonnes per hectare under good agronomics practices
Projects in the County
- Project Name: Nutrition Sensitive Potato Partnership Project (NuSePPP)
To support the NuSePPP project goals by contributing to (A) Agricultural Extension and (B) Seed Availability components.
- Implementing Counties
Funding partner: GIZ
- Project Name: Kenya Potato Sub-sector Transformation Initiative
Funding Partner: AGRA
Duration: 2017 – 2019
- Increased potato productivity for farmers
- Strengthened and expanded potato output markets for farmers
NPCK Activities with County
NPCK is doing in the county is development of the County Potato Strategy that currently at the cabinet level waiting pproval.
NPCK is also part of the county potato regulations implementation committee.