Kisii County

Kisii County is located in the Nyanza region in western Kenya. The county is characterized by a hilly topography with several ridges and valleys and is traversed by permanent rivers which flow westwards into Lake Victoria.
It is divided into nine subcounties that include Bobasi, Bomachoge Borabu, Bomachoge Chache, Bonchari,Kitutu Chache North, Kitutu Chache South, Nyaribari Chache, Nyaribari Masaba and South Mugirango. Seventy five percent of the County has red volcanic soils which are deep in organic matter and support the growing of crops such as maize, beans and potatoes. The remaining parts of the county have clay soils, red loams and sandy soils. At the valley bottoms are black cotton soils and organic peat soils.
The county experiences a highland equatorial climate with two patterns of rainfall- the long rains are received between March and June while the short rains come from September to November.
The high and relatively consistent rainfall patterns coupled with moderate temperatures are suitable for growing crops like tea, coffee, pyrethrum, maize, beans and bananas as well dairy farming.Among the food crops produced in the county include maize, beans, finger millet,bananas, sweet potatoes, cassava, arrow roots, sorghum, tomatoes, carrots,avocados and vegetables.
Cash crops include coffee, tea, pyrethrum and sugarcane.Livestock kept in the county include dairy and Zebu cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys,poultry.
Livestock facilities in Kisii County include slaughterhouses, markets as well as hides and skins bandas. Fishing is mostly carried out in shallow dams and through river line fishing. Pond fish farming is also practiced in the county.
The County Government estimates that over 3,500 households are involved in the fishing sector
with 3,820 fishponds spread across the county. Apiculture is also carried out in Kisii,albeit on a small scale

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