The agriculture and livestock sub-sector plays an important role in the county’s development agenda contributing approximately 60 per cent to the economy and employing 70 per cent of the rural population. The county government is aware that to reduce poverty and uplift the standards of living of the people, there is need to invest substantively in this sector. The sector received Kshs.317.28 million in FY 2013/14, Kshs.324.53 million in FY 2015/16 and has been allocated Kshs.314.8 million in FY 2016/17 for recurrent and development activities. The development allocation increased from Kshs.137 million in FY 2013/14 to Kshs.150.78 million in FY 2016/17 representing a budget increase of 10 per cent in three years.

The county has made significant progress in improving agriculture through provision of farm implements to farmers across the County, improved extension services and provision of certified seeds. Since the sector is prone to the vagaries of weather and with the expected farm output during the next harvest projected to be little due to limited rainfall, the county will continue to support the sector and scale up social protection programmes. The department has already undertaken several projects including construction of modern abattoir which is ongoing, procurement and distribution of fishing gears, construction of fish cold storage facilities, provision of agricultural and livestock extension services, purchase and distribution of agricultural chemicals and support fodder production among others.

The department intends to initiate several programmes in FY 2016/17 and FY 2017/18 to improve agricultural productivity. The potential of livestock, dairy and poultry farming, including value addition of their by-products remains untapped as a catalyst for economic transformation and the completion of the modern abbattoir is expected to greately improve livestock production. The potential for fish farming especially in Loiyangalani is huge and the department will continue to support farmers through extension and capacity building on better fish farming methods, access to modern storage and handling facilities and these programmes will continue to be implemented in FY 2017/18.

HAWO SHANKO ABDULLAH CEC in the department of Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries development

A professional trained teacher as a P1 in Kilimabogo TTC in 1994-1996.Her first posting was in St Mary’s primary school in Moyale where she was appointed as a senior teacher in-charge of co-curriculum activities.

In 2001 she was transferred to Al-huda primary school where she was appointed as a referee of a Netball in the Moyale district .In 2007 she studied her Diploma in ECDE in Garrisa where she graduated in 2009 and was appointed as a supervisor in ECDE center in Al-huda primary school. In the same year 2009, she joined Moi University in the faculty of ECDE. She later in 2014 joined MKU for a master’s degree in public administration and management, and graduated in 2016.


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Fisheries Development

HITLER RIKOI (Vet Surgeon and County Chief Officer-Fisheries Development)

Qualified registered veterinary surgeon with over 13 years working experience in the profession, a research scientist and a co-author of 5 original scientific articles published in International Peer-Review Journals. The research work at the institute of Primate Research(Kenya) and collaborative donor funded project in Bio-Medical Research utilizing non-human primates as models has shaped his skills and experience in Scientific Research work, data collection, data analysis and scientific writing. Additionally; he was privileged to manage captive-animal facility for 5 years. He is the current Chief Officer for Fisheries Development in Marsabit County

Mandate and functions of the fisheries department

  • Provision of leadership in the management and development of aquaculture and fisheries resources
  • Coordination, development, and management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors by making it innovative and commercially-oriented so as to increase earnings and improve livelihoods in addition to addressing food security and unemployment

Strategic objectives of the fisheries department

  • To strengthen institutional capacity for effective service delivery
  • To formulate policy and legal framework for fisheries development, promoting sustainable utilization of fisheries resources and development of aquaculture
  • To promote fish quality assurance, value addition and marketing
  • To strengthen extension services
  • To improve fisheries infrastructure
  • To main-streaming gender, HIV and AIDS activities in departmental programs and projects.

Project Activities

  • Mapping and coordination of stakeholders in fisheries sector.
  • Establishment of fisheries office blocks (both Loiyangalani and Illeret).
  • Development of fisheries sub-sector plan.
  • Review and edited fisher folks training manual,
  • Supported formation of 10 BMU
  • Provided fish inputs – Fishing gears including fishing nets, floaters, motorized fishing nets.
  • Training of fisher folks on hygiene and quality fish handling
  • Establishment of 2 cold storage facilities (Loiyangalani & Illeret).

Success stories 

“The County Government through the Fisheries Department has provided me with motor boats, nets and floaters that can enable me get deeper and safely into the lake for more catch and increased income that caters for my basic needs”, says Michael Ebei, a fisher man in Loiyangalani

VSF Germany and officials from the Fisheries Department have continuously advised us to protect the fish breeding grounds. They have trained and supported us to develop by-laws to guide us on how and where to fish in ways that do not deplete our resources”, Joseph Akolong, the Elmollo BMU chairman said.

We appreciate the incoming EU/IDEAS Program that will focus on changing the livelihoods of the Daasanach Community through cold chain improvements, fish processing facilities and market promotion that will increase income for the fisher folks and enable them add more value to fish and fish products,” said the Illeret ward MCA Mr. James Korie.

Fish being dried on the ground   (A)                               fish being dried in the drier(B)

Figure 1 : shows the transformation of fish drying methods from the traditional one (A) to the modern one (B) at Yomo BMU by Climate Change Adaptation Program(CCAP)

Figure 2: shows the patrol boats procured by the Fisheries Department that are used for Monitoring and Surveillance.

VSF-Germany partners issuing fishing racks to the Elmollo community

The cold room in Loiyangalani that serves as a cold chain facility for fresh fish and fresh fish products.