Counties with strong agricultural activities such as Nakuru, Kiambu and Nyandarua recorded improved share of Gross County Product while the share of those largely dominated by urban centers is consistently declining.
This is according to the latest Economic Survey report that indicates that Nairobi controls 21.7 percent of Kenya’s gross domestic product followed by Nakuru at 6.1 percent, Kiambu at 5.5 percent and Mombasa at 4.7 percent while Isiolo has the least contribution at 0.2 percent.
Nyandarua has the highest per capita Gross County Product of 350,321 shillings while Mandera has the lowest highest per capita Gross County Product of 48,442 shillings.
Agriculture is the mainstay of most Kenyans and this has been reflected in the latest economic survey report.
Between the year 2013 and 2017, counties with strong agricultural activities especially horticulture such as Nakuru, Kiambu and Nyandarua recorded improved share of Gross County Product.
Perhaps it is based on this that the government is increasing investment food production infrastructure with a target of having at least one irrigation project in each constituency.
Previously, counties largely dominated by urban centers such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu were the ones with the highest contribution to the Gross Domestic Product.
Nairobi currently accounts for 45 percent of all industrial production in Kenya with Mombasa, Nakuru, Machakos, Kiambu and Kisumu being the other counties with notable levels of industrial production.
Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Kericho are the other counties with industrial activities since there is crop processing of coffee and tea in those areas.
The 2019 Economic Survey data shows a near complete absence of manufacturing activities in many counties, an indication of lack of value addition activities.