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Bomet County is a county in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The county has a population of 750,531 people (2009 census) and an area of 2,037 km². The county borders Kericho, Narok and Nyamira counties. It has mean monthly temperature of 18ºC with an annual rainfall ranging between 1,100mm and 1,500mm. The administrative centre for the county is Bomet town and is served by 3 local authorities (Bomet Municipal and County Councils, and Sotik Town Councils).

Bomet County borders the following counties; Kericho to the North and North East, Narok to the South East, South, and South West, and Nyamira to the North West.

The county is mainly inhabited by the Kipsigis , members of the Kalenjin community and has five sub-counties, namely Bomet central,Bomet East, Chepalungu, Sotik and Konoin.

Economic Activities

The county is in the highland area of Kenya and the rainfall favors agriculture and farming, which are the main economic activities for the residents of Bomet and Rift Valley as a whole. The people there also practice livestock farming especially cattle rearing.

Agriculture is mainly practiced in Bomet County with tea farming and dairy production. Food crops grown in the area is maize, the area’s staple food. Tea is the major revenue earner for both small- and large-scale farmers.

The high altitude at which the county is located has predisposed it to favourable climatic conditions that have allowed the area to remain green for most parts of the year. The area also receives rainfall for a good part of the year which allows agriculture to flourish.

Trade is conducted in the urban centres of the region with a number of financial institutions offering banking and credit services to the residents of the county. Micro-finance initiatives along with government loans towards the youth and women would see an increase in trade which translates to increase in the income in the county.

The county is among the most densely populated counties in the region and thus has a large labour force concentrated around its agricultural centres. The potential for this labour force is quite high since any efforts to direct its energy towards increased agricultural production would see the county contribute a substantial portion toward the country’s food requirements and consequently provide incomes for its people.

The County is the home to a famous waterfall at Tenwek, a feature loosely referred to as Asururiet. The waterfall attracts many people from far and large to view the spectacular feature. The county is also the home to several beautiful hills, with the highest concentration being at a place called Masare. Consequently, the hills have been called Masare Hills after the name of the place they are found. There is a notable concentration of rocks of unique features in the county, with the most obvious ones being at Nyambugo.