Elgeyo Marakwet County covers a total area of 3029.9 km2. It borders West Pokot County to the North, Baringo County to the East, Trans Nzoia County to the Northwest and Uasin Gishu County to the West. The main crops produced in the county vary with ecological zones with the highlands producing food crops such as maize, wheat, Irish potatoes and beans. The average land holding size in the county is 7.0 ha with the small scale farming acreage of 1.36 ha. The total acreage under food crop farming is 88,639.3 ha.
Elgeyo Marakwet County, potato is the second most important food crop after maize. Potato is one of the leading enterprise supporting food and nutrition security, employment creation and income generation in the county. Elgeyo Marakwet is one of the leading counties in production of ware potato (2015 Agriculture Economic Review Report). The crop is grown in 14 of the 20 wards in the four sub counties. Approximately 23,000 hectares are cultivated annually with a production range of 250,000 – 340,000 tonnes. The crop is mostly grown by small scale farmers with an average land holding of one hectare mostly for commercial. The average yield is about 15 tonnes per hectare which is much below the optimum yield of 40 tonnes per hectare and this is attributed to lack of good quality seed.
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 a stakeholders validation forum is being planned for.
NPCK is also part of the county potato regulations implementation committee.