Kenya Seed Company was incorporated in 1956. Its mandate is to research, develop, market and avail certified top quality, high yielding agricultural seeds of various varieties within Kenya, the Eastern African region and beyond. Since its inception, the company has diversified its products and currently has over 60 seed varieties of maize, wheat, sunflower, finger millet, horticultural seeds and legumes. In addition the company recently released other seed varieties which include; Upland rice, sesame seed, prosso millet, sugar beet, white sorghum, groundnuts, pigeon peas, cotton and climbing beans.
In 1958, after its incorporation, the company started an enterprise to produce commercial Sunflower for the European bird feed market to sustain its financial needs. In 1963 the company introduced hybrid seed maize production following the release of the first hybrids by the government Research centre in Kitale. Seed wheat was added to the seed program in 1971 to provide certified seed to farmers who previously depended on low quality farm saved seeds.
Later in 1979 the company acquired Simpson and White law, a company trading in
horticultural seeds, and introduced the brand name “Simlaw Seeds”, which has since
distinguished itself as a leading brand in the market. In 2002 Simlaw Seeds was registered as a limited liability company and a subsidiary of Kenya Seed Company Ltd. Its core business is selling and marketing of high quality horticultural seeds, pesticides
and fertilizers in the East African region. In the same year Kenya seed incorporated Kibo and Mt. Elgon seed Companies in Tanzania and Uganda respectively as an expansion strategy into the Eastern Africa market.
Kenya Seed Company was certified in 2007 by Kenya Bureau of Standards on ISO 9001:2008 as a Company whose products and services consistently meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements.
The Preferred Supplier of Top Quality Certified Seed in Africa.
To avail Top Quality Certified Seed competitively through focused Research, Development and Value Addition to the Satisfaction of Stakeholders.
The mandate of Kenya Seed Company is to carry out focused research, promote and facilitate production of high yielding, better quality certified seed , to enhance food self sufficiency and quality living standards for sustainable economic development.
Kenya Seed Company is guided by the following set of values:
- Team work
- Innovation and creativity
- Passion for Quality
- Gender Equity
- Work Ethics