Uasin Gishu County alongside its neighboring Trans-Nzoia, are considered Kenya’s bread basket due to their large-scale maize and wheat farms which produce the bulk of the country’s total harvest.
The National Cereals Board has a cereal storage depot located at Moi’s Bridge town located in the north of the county, which consists of eight large silos with a capacity of approximately 5 million tons of grain.
It is one of the largest in the country and plays a significant role in Kenya’s food security.
The county also produces sizable quantities of milk and horticultural produce. A wide variety of crops and animals are produced in smaller quantities.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu under the leadership of Governor Jackson Mandago has been asking its locals to embrace diversification – by focusing on high-value crops such as coffee, macadamia, avocado, and tissue bananas.
It is a call that a majority of farmers have started to embrace, with any seeing it as the best avenue for income due to low returns on maize and wheat.
Uasin Gishu County has 1,728 operational fish ponds covering 486,000 m2 with annual fish production of 593,000 kg worth KShs 285,900,000.
The county also has many private and public dams suitable for capture fisheries with an annual production of 33,048 kg worth KShs 9,914,40.