Bomet County is located in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Bomet. It has a population of 750,531 according to the 2009 census but the number has increased since then.
Agriculture is the backbone of the county’s revenue with tea farming and dairy production leading in the sector. Among the food crops grown in the area, maize tops the lead as it is the staple food of the county.
Beans, millet, Irish potatoes, sorghum cabbage, onions, cabbages, bananas and pineapples are grown both for subsistence and sell in the county and other 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. Most revenue earned by the residents of Bomet County is earned from tea farming. Since the county is among the densely populated in the region, there is enough labor force that has mainly concentrated around agricultural areas.
Agriculture, transport and hospitality sectors are the main areas where investment opportunities largely lie. It can be of great impact if a maize milling factory can be set in the county since maize is planted in both large and small scale.
Bomet County being located on the boarders of Narok and Nyamira Counties makes it close to the Maasai Mara Game reserve which attracts very many visitors and as a result, hotels are built creating employment to many people.
Where can you direct your investment in Bomet County?
The area that has a lot of potential in Bomet County is the Agricultural sector especially the planting of avocado as well as passion fruits. Many people are yet to venture into this sector of planting avocado simply because of the notion that avocado takes long to mature before starting to bare fruits. But investing in avocado is a lucrative business because of a wide range of market all across the country. Something to note that is very important is that avocado do not need to be ripe in order to be sold. Vendors buy them raw and they are in high demand in major towns in Kenya. You can also plant them in large scale and export.
The planting of passion fruits is another area that is still virgin and worth investing in in this county. Passion fruits have a wider market both locally and internationally. Locally, companies that make passion flavored juice and other brands are more than willing to buy the fruits while the fruit is also liked by many people who consume it.