Pastoralist communities urged to consider livestock
Pastoralist communities in the North Rift region have been urged to engage in modern methods of animal husbandry to increase livestock yields and incomes.
Livestock Chief Administrative Secretary Linah Chebii Kilimo said the ministry has set out measures to improve animal production to boost meat and milk production.
Speaking at the commissioning of Kishaunet Cattle Market and Tampalal Cattle Bath jointly funded by the West Pokot County Government and the World Bank, Chebii called on cattle herders to take advantage of the subsidized artificial insemination to improve the quality of their cattle.
According to Chebii, the ministry seeks to ensure that semen stored by the Genetic Resources Research Institute is easily accessible to breeders.
Official figures indicate that the value of livestock and livestock products increased slightly from Ksh 146.8 billion in 2018 to Ksh 147.9 billion in 2019.
West Pokot County has embarked on capacity building and sensitization to build livestock skills among herders.
West Pokot Governor, Professor John Lonyangapuo observed that the county government has stepped up the breeding of sahiwal cows and galla goats by distributing them to farmers.
He added that the county government sets aside a budget every fiscal year and distributes gall goats to ASAL parts of the county.
Lonyangapuo said pastoral communities need to embrace the added value of their animals and use social media to market their livestock to get good prices.
Lonyangapuo said the county has set up four vending pens and conducts frequent livestock vaccinations to improve animal health in the county.