Lodwar, 31st August

Communities affected by the recent desert locust invasion are set to benefit from a joint livelihoods recovery efforts by the County Government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO).

The programme is intended to strengthen communities after negative economic impacts of the desert locust invasion on crops and livestock related activities and will benefit 9650 households

More than 1800 farmers will receive certified crops seeds,support on establishment of kitchen gardens as well as agri-nutrition training as part of the recovery effort.

Speaking today when he opened the livelihoods recovery workshop in Lodwar, County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun said that the joint coordination was meant to address the double shocks of desert Locusts and Corona virus that he decried to have negative socio-economic impacts to the livelihoods of residents of Turkana.

While noting the progress towards combating the pest in the region, the County Executive noted that limited ground surveillance and capacity had earlier own enabled desert locusts subdue County Government and development partners efforts against its invasion when it was first reported in Turkana.

He acknowledged FAO,among other many partners support towards combating the pest infestation and called for more resource mobilization and coordinated approach to mitigate future disasters . He warned that Turkana County was not yet off the hook of desert locust.

The County Executive stated that the recovery program would include training of farmers and herders on disaster management through Public Barazas and radio programmes to reach a larger number of people.

FAO Head of Lodwar Field Office Dan Irura said that the pastoralist community will benefit from distribution of 5000 bags of range cubes as well as mass deworming of livestock as well as ectoparasite control.

Additionally, 5000 one-month old improved indigenous chicken will be distributed as part of rebuilding capacity to the affected households.

Also present were Fisheries,Livestock production and Veterinary Services Chief Officer Abdullahi Yussuf, Fisheries Director Robert Kibunja, among other senior County Government Officers.