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Mkulima today we are talking about one of the leading agriculture companies in Kenya. Did you know this about simlaw seeds Kenya Ltd. Simlaw seed is one of the cornerstones in ensuring Kenya is a food secure country.

What you need to know about simlaw seeds Kenya LTD. Started during the colonial periods, it has grown into a household name and several meals would be incomplete without the help and effort of their hardworking staff.

Simlaw Seeds Company continues to play a major role in the agricultural sector in the East Africa region through
  • strategic partnerships,
  • engaging in relevant research,
  • extension services and
  • introduction of products into the market that is geared towards increasing food sufficiency and social well being of the community.

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The core values of the company include but not limited to

To avail superior certified seeds and other agricultural inputs to maximize productivity.
A world-class supplier of superior certified seeds
Core Values
Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Professionalism, Innovation and Creativity, Quality Service.

The beginning

The history of the company runs back to 9th October when two English Gardeners Simpson and Whitelaw registered their company then under the Indian companies’ act of 1882.

Later in 1968, the company-owned and registered by Simpson and Whitelaw was bought by Kirchoff East Africa a South African based company.

After a few years under the South African owners, Kenya Seed Company acquired Simpson and Whitelaw in 1979.

The Company was incorporated in Kenya in July 1956 to promote the use of improved
strains of pasture seed.

The seeds were to be developed by the National Agricultural Research Station that was located in Western Kenya, Kitale town.

Two years later, the company started an enterprise to produce commercial sunflower for the European bird feed market.

This was an initiative by the then management to ensure the business was viable and to sustain its financial needs.

At this point, the company was in need of capital and they could not keep asking for funds from the government or donations to meet their increased budget and expenses.


In 1963 the company introduced hybrid seed maize production following the release of the first hybrids by the government Research center in Kitale.
Later on, wheat was added to the seed program in 1971 to provide certified seed to farmers who previously depended on low-quality farm-saved seed.


Later in 1979, the company acquired Simpson and White law, a company trading in
horticultural seeds.

After the purchase of the Simpson and White law trading company, it was rebranded to simlaw.

The renaming came with the birth of the brand name “Simlaw Seeds”, which has since
distinguished itself as a leading brand in the market.

Core business

In 2002 Simlaw Seeds was registered as a limited liability company and a subsidiary of Kenya Seed Company Ltd.

Its core business ever since has been the selling and marketing of high-quality horticultural seeds, Pesticides
and Fertilizers in the East African region.

Other than selling and marketing Simlaw also does the producing, importing, marketing and distributing superior and reliable vegetable seeds for commercial and domestic use.

The company has a wide range of seeds that are market leaders.

Some of their leading seeds include Cabbages, Onions, and Tomatoes that are adaptable to various climatic conditions and adequately meet the local demand.


In the same year 2002, Kenya seed incorporated Kibo and Mt. Elgon seed Companies in
Tanzania and Uganda respectively as an expansion strategy into Eastern Africa

Kenya Seed Company the parent company was certified in 2007 by the Kenya Bureau of Standards
on ISO 9001:2008

The certification meant that as a Company Kenya Seed Company had products and services that consistently meet customer needs, applicable statutory and regulatory requirements internationally.

This certification has empowered Kenya Seed to expand its operations into Rwanda and
Congo in the recent past.


The mandate of Kenya Seed Company is to

  • promote and
  • facilitate the production of high yielding, better quality, disease, and pest tolerant certified seed to the farming
    community with
  • an overall objective of enhancing food self-sufficiency which is an
    indicator of the quality of people’s lives and a condition for sustainable economic
    the prosperity of any nation.


For the seeds and planting information provided by Kenya Seed Company and it’s subsidiary Simlaw Seeds

All cultural information, description, and recommendations are provided as a
guide only.

Local environmental conditions, different cultural practices, soil types, moisture levels, day length, and temperatures during the growing period may influence varietal performance.

Credits Simlaw Seeds Kenya Limited Kenya Seed Company


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