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Allocate land for grass planting, pastoralists urged

KNA The Laikipia county government is urging pastoralist communities to allocate land for grass planting in a bid to address pasture shortage in the region.

Speaking during the Kimanjo market commissioning ceremony in Mukogodo West, Laikipia North sub county, County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Livestock, Ms Wangari Wachira said that addressing feed shortage will end perennial conflict that are contributed due to lack of pasture and water.

            

“If you have a huge chunk of land that is not in use let us partner with the government and plant animal feeds. We will donate the seedlings. This will ensure we do not migrate from one place to another in search of pasture for instance during drought seasons,” Wangari urged.

She noted that when livestock feed in a controlled grazing field there will be increased productivity.

The County executive in charge of Trade, Tourism and Cooperative, Biwott Tirop urged residents to use modern farming technologies aiming to improve their livelihoods.

            “Let us change our local animals’ breeds. We will involve Kenya Smart Agriculture Project (KSCAP) to help us in getting the best breed. Modern breed maturity rate is high,” Tirop revealed.

According to a report released by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) for the month of June, revealed rainfall is less than expected at this period of the year.

            “Most of livestock from traditional grazing areas are moving from one place to another due to deteriorating and poor pasture conditions,” read the report released by Guyo Golicha, County drought coordinator.

He had revealed that there was a decline in livestock productivity as compared to other seasons. Golicha added, Laikipia East and North Sub counties are mostly affected by drought.

He recommended implementation of drought mitigation measures aiming to avoid residents losing their livelihood in the future.

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