One of the biggest factors holding back Kenyan agribusiness is the low uptake of high-yield seeds, developed over decades by research institutes and seed companies. KARI says they are still only being used by one per cent of farmers, despite often doubling or tripling yields. However, the number and quality of seed suppliers is on the rise, giving farmers more options for sourcing better seeds. We bring you details of the region's leading seed suppliers.
Kenya Seed Company
Sells maize, wheat, barley, sorghum, millet, sunflower, pasture (grass) seeds. (New varieties of seeds include tomatoes and cabbage.
Located in Nairobi
Tel: +254 (054) 31909 -14
Mobile: +254 – 0722 – 205144 /
0726 - 141856 / 0733 - 623668
Western Seed Company
Sells maize (hybrid and open pollinated varieties), peas, beans,sorghum, millet, sunflower, green gram and amaranthus seeds.
It is based in Kitale
Tel: +254 20 890804
Sells maize, wheat, sorghum, cowpeas, soya, cotton seed, barley,groundnut and sugar bean seeds (hybrid and non-hybrid varieties).
With its head office in Zimbabwe, it has branches across 13 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Malawi and Zambia.
The Kenyan office is in Mombasa Road (next to Mabati Rolling Mills)
Phone: +254 20 3228000 / 8046358
Fax: +254 20 8046360
Main contact: Kassim Owino
East African Seed Co. Limited
Based in Nairobi with branches in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea,Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and DRC)
Sells seeds for various field crops such as beans, bulrush millets, cow peas, finger millets, green
grams, maize, peas, sorghum, soya beans, spinach, squash, artichoke,melon, broccoli, cabbage, corn, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, leek, kale, onion,
pepper, pumpkin, radish, tomato, turnip, Swiss chard and water melon, and herbs such as oregano, sage, thyme, parsley, fennel, dill, basil and coriander. Also sells Sudan grass and Lucerne grass.
Based in Nairobi, on Mombasa Road, with branches in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and DRC)
+254-652101-4 / 555 356 / 555 369 / +254 02 2109 520
+254 722 207 747 / +254 734 333 161
Pannar Seed Company
Produces seeds for dry beans, grain sorghum, forage crops, maize, soybeans , sunflower and
Traces roots to South Africa. In Kenya, is based in South C Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 820 121
International company that produces high-yielding biotech seeds and crop protection solutions.
Sells corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum and sugar cane seeds
Located at Tuskys head office complex, Mombasa Road
P.O. Box 47686, 00100 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 2060922/44, 020 3574301-4
Fax: +254 20 823086
Cell: +254 722 205294/529, +254 733 600 468/629 414
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division
P.O. Box 47686, 00100
T. +254 20 2060922/44 3574301-4
Specializes in selling high yielding cabbages like Pruktor F1 and
Riana F1, onions, carrots, kales and indigenous vegetables like Black
Nightshade, Spider Plant and Amaranthus
Located in Nairobi's Kijabe Street - Near Globe Cinema Round about
P.O. Box 40042,
Tel: +254 (20) 2215066 / 67 / 83
Fax: +254 (20) 316619
Mobile: 0722 - 200 545
Sell seeds on behalf of Kenya seeds company in Kenya.
Located in Arusha Tanzania
Col. Middleton Street
P.O Box 25,
Tel:+255 (027) 2508179
Fax :+ 255 (027) 2503259
Cell:+255 785 555 112
Mt. Elgon Seeds
Sell seeds on behalf of Kenya Seed Company, for various field crops
such as beans, bulrush millets, cow peas, finger millets, green grams,
maize, peas, sorghum, soya beans.
Based in Kampala
Plot 11, Nakivubo Place,Nakivubo Road
P.O Box 23810 ,
Tel:+256 (414) 250544 / +256 752 250544
Fax :+ 256 (414) 253898
FreshCo Seed Company
Sells maize, vegetable, drought tolerant crops and tree seeds.
Located on Wambui Rd Off Kiambu Road Muthaiga
Cell: +254 - 712 - 110 849
Researched and compiled by Sasha Watwiri for African Laughter