Bomet County is located in the former Rift Valley Province bordering Kericho County to the North and North East, Narok County to the South East, South, and South West, and Nyamira County to the North West. The county, listed electoral number 36, has Bomet town as its administrative center and covers a total area of 1,997.90 Sq Km.
As per the 2009 National Census, the county had a total population of 730,129 of which 49% were males while 51% were females. Bomet County has five electoral constituencies thus:
Information About Bomet County
Bomet County is a county in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Bomet. The county has a population of 730,129 (2009 census) and an area of 1,997.9 km². Bomet County is a multiracial, multi-ethnic nation with citizens of diverse socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds co-existing with the collective will of making things better for future generations. Bomet County Government has the major towns namely: Bomet Town, Sotik Town, and Longisa, Mulot.
Agriculture in Bomet County
Agriculture is the mainstay of Bomet County with tea farming and dairy production leading in the sector. Food crops are grown in the area with maize being the area’s staple food. Beans, Irish potatoes, millet, cabbages, onions, bananas and pineapples are grown both for subsistence and sale in the county and distant markets mainly Nairobi and various counties in the former Nyanza Province. Commercial growing of avocado and passion fruits is picking up in the county.
Tea earns the residents of the county most of their revenue. Dairy industry is also a major player in contributing to household incomes. There is a milk factory in Sotik town and several milk cooling plants spread across the county. Coffee farming is also established in areas around Bomet, Tarakwa and Ndanai. Fish and poultry rearing are also receiving attention in the county of late.
The high altitude at which the county is located has predisposed it to favourable climatic conditions that have allowed the area to remain green for most parts of the year. The area also receives rainfall for a good part of the year which allows agriculture to flourish.
Business Trade and Investment in Bomet County
Trade is conducted in the urban centres of the region with a number of financial institutions offering banking and credit services to the people of the county. Micro-finance initiatives along with government loans towards the youth and women would see an increase in trade which would mean an increase in the household incomes of the people of the county.
The county is among the most densely populated counties in the region and thus has a large labour force concentrated around its agricultural centres. The potential for this labour force is quite high since any efforts to direct its energy towards increased agricultural production would see the county contribute a substantial portion toward the country’s food requirements and consequently provide incomes for its people.
Investment opportunities abound in agriculture, hospitality and transport sectors. A maize milling factory would do well as there is a lot of maize grown in the county and in the two neighboring counties of Narok and Nyamira which have always used Bomet County roads as a transit route to far-off markets.
The close proximity of the county to the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve means that hotels would prosper. As the county government takes root, increased number of visitors to the county will be a boost to hotels around Bomet town as well.
The Bomet County Government has laid a lot of emphasis on improving road infrastructure making areas that were hitherto inaccessible by vehicles accessible hence more opportunities in the public transport sector. Demand for housing from county staff, business community and people who want to settle in the serene suburbs of Sotik and Bomet towns is helping to boost the property market.
As a county with a youthful population, ICT related colleges and services are on demand. Businesses, government institutions and schools are digitizing services and processes hence business opportunities for ICT companies that provide these solutions are limitless.
There is also room for investment in retail and wholesale businesses, hardware stores and trade in farm products. Investors both from within and without the county should take advantage of investment incentives offered by the county government and the good investment environment that prevails in the county- good security, hospitable people, low labor costs, vast space for setting up structures, pro-investment policies set by the county and sound purchasing power of the community fueled by a fast growing middle class.
Facts About Bomet County
Area (Km 2): 1,592.4 Km 2
Climate/Weather: The County has a mean monthly temperature of 18ºC with an annual rainfall ranging between 1,100mm and 1,500mm
Road Network: Total (521.6 Km); Bitumen Surface (169.9 Km), Gravel Surface (73 Km)
Key National Monument(s): None
Population of Bomet County
Population: 585,072 (Male – 49%, Female – 51 %)
Population Density: 367 people per Km 2
National Percentage: 1.52 %
Annual Growth Rate: 2.7 %
Age Distribution: 0-14 years (47.0 %), 15-64 years (49.7 %), 65+ years (3.3 %)
Number of Households: 111,258
Government of Bomet County
County Capital: Bomet Town (Proposed)
Number of Constituencies (2010): 3 (Bomet, Chepalungu, Sotik)
Registered Voters: 192,380
National percentage: 1.5 %
Number of Districts (2009): 2 (Bomet, Sotik)
Number of Local Authorities (2010): 3 (Bomet Municipal and County Councils, and Sotik Town Council)
Economy of Bomet County
Poverty Level: 58.7 %
Age Dependency Ratio: 100:101
Resources: Forest, Pasture, River, Wildlife, Arable Land, Diatomite, Stone Quarry
Tourist Attractions: Key route to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Traditional Ornaments
Financial Services: 8 Commercial Banks, 5 Micro-Finance Institutions
Main Economic Activities/Industries: Tea & Coffee farming, Horticulture, Cattle rearing
Agricultural products: Dairy Products, Maize, Beans, Irish Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
Education in Bomet County
Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (479), Secondary (96)
Primary: Enrolment (116,868)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 49 (Public Schools)
Secondary: Enrolment (18,876)
Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 33 (Public Schools)
Tertiary: 2 Satellite Campuses, 1 Medical Training College, 1 National Polytechnic, 2 Teacher Training Colleges, and Several Commercial Colleges.
Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (33,409 – Rift Valley)
Health in Bomet County
Health Facilities: Total – 78; District Hospitals (2), Sub-District Hospitals (1), Dispensaries (61), Health Centres (10), Medical Clinics (1), Medical Centres (1), VCT Centres (1), Others (1)
Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:102,048
Infant Mortality Rates: 54/1000
Under Five Mortality Rates: 82/1000
Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Respiratory Tract Infections, Skin Diseases
Notable Hospitals: Longisa and Ndanai District Hospitals