County Executive Member for Agriculture, Pastoral and Fisheries Chris Aletia said that the ministry is committed to promoting local chicken production by training and funding poultry farmers groups on value chain addition for the next five years.

He said this would be achieved in partnership with other development partners, Food Agriculture Organization, GIZ and USAID, where the county government staff will provide necessary capacity building. This would help the producers on value chain to ensure that they have the best products that can sell within and outside the county.

Addressing journalists in Lodwar during the stakeholders’ forum of poultry farming, CECM Aletia said that the availability of market for local chicken has necessitated the initiative and it would go a long way to economically empower locals as it would provide a source of income to producers.

He further added said that the drugs are readily available at the ministry to vaccinate against diseases like Newcastle. He would tasked the ministry to coordinate with Community Disease Reporters to report on poultry disease.

Priority for locally produced chicken and fish for sale, he said, was part of Governor Nanok’s agenda to increase food security, boost nutrition levels and offer an alternative source of livelihoods to residents.

The one-day “Turkana County chicken value chain shareholders forum” was organized by National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) brought together ministry staff drawn from the Livestock Department, farmers (producers) from the sub-counties with poultry projects, processors, traders and a host of development partners.

The main objective of the forum was to formulate a Turkana County local chicken stakeholders’ platform which will act as a development vehicle for the value chain in the county.

NARIGP is a National Government project, funded by World Bank, with an objective of increasing agricultural productivity and profitability of targeted rural communities in selected 21 counties.

Other three value chains supported by NARIGP in Turkana include goat/sheep meat, sorghum-cowpeas intercrop and apiculture.