Makueni CEC Agriculture and Livestock – Who is Joyce Mutua?

Joyce Mutua comes from Mavindini ward, Syandoo village. She went to YiKithuki primary and grew up in Kithuki/Kitise ward. Thereafter she joined Makueni girls where she majored in pure sciences and agriculture.

She thereafter joined Egerton University to pursue a BSc in Dairy sciences and Technology. After that, she joined KCC Eldoret Factory which was later closed down and staff retrenched. She survived the retrenchment and was transferred to the Sotik factory. There they focused on cutting costs to keep the factory afloat.

When the NARC regime came in in 2002, they advertised positions to guide policy to revive the dairy sector and she moved to Kenya Dairy Board as senior Dairy Technologist advising on trade and what needed to be done to improve the industry among other areas.

That pushed her to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Trade Law and policy management. She was later promoted to chief Dairy development officer a position she held until 2013 when she was seconded to work with USAID. There she led a program to invest in animal feeds and infrastructure in areas that were not attractive to investors.

Joyce founded a company accelerating agriculture and Livestock enterprises that majors on developing fodder and pasture value chain in Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, and Kiambu. The company also works with individual farmers on mechanization.

Joyce also does consultancy for Government and international development organizations like USAID and AU.

She also holds a Diploma in Theology and a Master in Business Administration specializing in strategic planning and marketing.

During her vetting, she suggested getting farmers working together so that they can get good prices for their produce and also try to do away with subsistence agriculture for commercial agriculture by identifying priority value chains. She hinted at developing a database of all buyers of all products from the county.

On the Kalamba Fruit processing plant, Joyce noted that the factory was not running as envisaged and she proposed bringing in the private sector and farmers to run the facility through partnerships. This she noted will bring commitment, especially from the farmers.

Her vision for Makueni is to be a food-secure county and to sustainably improve the production and productivity of agricultural products and improve livelihoods. She also promised to bring on board youth and women in agriculture.

She vowed to work with farmers to enhance hectarage under irrigation which will get a boost when the Thwake dam is complete.

Joyce Mutua is worth 35 million. She owns some rental apartments, undeveloped land, Machines, and other investments.

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