Garissa County News
Garissa County is an administrative county in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital town is Garissa. Garissa County has a total population of 623,060. A male population of 334,939 and a female population of 288,121 (census 2009)
Constituencies in Garissa County
- Garissa Township,
- Fafi and
Geography of Garissa County
Garissa County is low lying, with altitudes ranging between 70m and 400m above sea level. The area is hot and dry much of the year, receiving scarce rainfall in the range of 150mm – 300mm annually.
Frequent droughts and unreliable rains do not favour agriculture activities and the growth of pasture for livestock rearing. Tana River runs along the western boundary of the county and is the only permanent natural source of water for Garissa town and the surrounding areas. Seasonal Rivers (laggas) provide water during the wet season for both human and livestock, although they greatly interfere with road transportation.
The county also hosts the Boni forest, a section of which is the Boni National Reserve, a protected wildlife conservation area
Attractions in Garissa County
Attractions in Garissa County – Garissa Animal Market
In southern Somalia and northeastern Kenya, cattle,goats.sheeps and camels are an important economic asset, especially among pastoral and agro pastoral livelihood groups. They provide sources of livelihood through milk and meat production and market sales. Over the past decade, the importance of the cattle trade among these food economy groups has been increasing due to the high value of cattle and the ever increasing seasonal demand for slaughtering and restocking in other parts of Kenya and Tanzania.
Livestock production is a significant part of the town’s economy. Between 2005 and 2007, Garissa cattle producers earned over 1.8 billion shillings in sales in domestic and overseas markets. Construction on a new abattoir also began in October 2007. In terms of livestock imports, most of Garissa’s cattle comes from cross-border trade between Somali livestock merchants.
Livestock is a crucial source of financial capital for the rural poor. The arid and semi arid lands are home to nearly 70% of the national herd with an estimated value of Kenya shillings 70 billion. For many, it is the only form of savings available. Therefore, its efficient production and marketing is essential for sustaining pastoral livelihoods. The existing Garissa livestock market in Garissa town,Garissa county covers a total area of approximately 10 acres. It provides a range of employment and income-earning opportunities to the resident of not only Garissa county but the entire northern region.
Attractions in Garissa County – Boni National Reserve
The Boni National Reserve is a national reserve for conservation and lies in the Garissa County, Kenya.. The general area lies between 40°83′E and 41°66′E and 1°76′S and 1°25′S and covers an area of 133 KM². The area’s climate is heavily influenced by the North-East and South-West monsoons blowing from the Indian Ocean. There are two wet seasons: April to June and October to December, and two dry seasons: The reserve covers an area of 1,339 km2 (517 sq mi) and is managed by Kenya Wildlife Service. It was gazetted in 1976 as a dry season sanctuary for elephants in the former Kenyan Ijara , and Lamu districts and Somalia.
It represent some of the most varied of ecosystems and provide a refuge for endangered mammals like the elephant, hirola and the wild dog, rare species found nowhere else in the world and hundreds of flora and fauna that are still yet to be described.
The Boni forest, after which the reserve is named, is an indigenous open canopy forest and part of the Northern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic . Harbouring densities of plant species that are among the highest in the world, the forest has been declared a biodiversity hotspot.
Common herbivores in the region include hippopotamus, bushpig, warthog, buffalo, common duiker, topi and waterbuck. Common carnivores in the reserve are the vulnerable African Wild Dog and the aardwolf. Although extremely rare, African elephants are also present in the reserve.
Attractions in Garissa County – Bour – Algy Giraffe Sanctuary
The Garissa Sanctuary giraffe is hosted by Bour-Algi village, south of Garissa town and was set to host internally displace giraffe that had been affected by the Kenya/Somali border skirmishes. The project is managed by the county government of Garissa.Its name stems from the large presence of giraffes attracted by the abundant acacia trees.The project focuses on the conservation and management of this species that once occurred throughout much of the horn of Africa, but is now, largely confined to Northern Kenya. In so doing the project will:
- Establish community-based ecological monitoring systems for the Sanctuary,
- Improve and expand security operations within the sanctuary, and
- Will undertake a preliminary assessment and ecological research within the Sanctuary.
Further, the project will work to promote capacity building and make management recommendations for the long-term compatibility of wildlife, livestock, and pastoralists in Garissa county.
Results from this project will provide sorely-needed information on the basic ecology and natural history of these giraffe, and will form the basis of conservation and monitoring of this range restricted species in its native range in north-eastern Kenya.
Economy of Garissa County
- Animal Farming.
- Bee Keeping
- Sand Harvesting
- Irigated Farming
Garissa County Jobs opportunities for all qualified personnel and those who would wish to work with Garissa County government. Jobs in Garissa County are posted on the county website.
Jobs in Garissa County are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access these Garissa county jobs advertisement click the link: Garissa County Jobs for the latest job opportunities in the county.
Garissa County Tenders
Garissa county tenders are awarded in a free, fair and transparency manner in the need to fight corruption in the country.
To access tenders in Garissa county click the link: http://garissa.go.ke/resources/tenders/ for the latest tender opportunities in the county.
Garissa County Government – Garissa County Governor
The current governor of Garissa County is Hon. Nathif Jama Adam and the deputy governor is Hon. Abdullahi Hussein.
Garissa County Wards
Details about Garissa County Wards will be updated soon…
Garissa County Contacts
Office of The governor,
Garissa County Government
P.o Box 563 – 70100, Garissa
Garissa County Website
Garissa County Website: http://www.garissa.go.ke/