Lodwar, 23rd September— Over 300 livestock farmers in Turkana South,Loima and Turkana Central Sub-County who keep Dairy goats (Toggenburg) will benefit from a supplementary livestock feeds distribution programme that will be undertaken by the County Department of Livestock Production in partnership with Frontier Children Development Organization.
Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries County Executive Philip Aemun has said that prepositioning of the Livestock feeds to sub-county reserve stores and distribution to dairy goats breeders in Angarabat and Lokapel areas of Turkana South and KanamKemer ward in Turkana Central is meant to cushion the livestock against death due to starvation because of limited feeds and other effects like desert Locust infestation that destroyed vegetation.
Other places that will benefit from phase one of livestock supplementary feeds distribution includes Kalemnyang in Lobei/Kotaruk ward and Kekorongole in Turkwell ward of Loima Sub-County.
County Executive spoke this afternoon in Lodwar when he flagged off vehicles carrying Livestock feeds to sub-counties reserve stores for prepositioning. He emphasized on the need by households, especially those living in urban areas to keep the toggenburg goats that he said will improve households nutrition through dairy milk.
Additionally, CEC Aemun said that that distribution of the feeds will improve breeding and young stock since they are high feeders,reduce food insecurity and improve beneficiaries purchasing power through improved incomes realized from sales of surplus milk and health animals.
The County Government in FY2019/20 procured a total of 3148bags of range cubes packed in 50Kg bags. 2578 bags of Livestock feeds meant for Turkana North, Turkana Central, Kibish, Loima and Turkana Central have been stored here in the Lodwar Feeds Reserve Store while 570 bags meant for Turkana South and East Sub-Counties have been stored in Lokichar Strategic Feed Store.
CEC Aemun said apart from the feeds procured by the County Government,other partners involved in the desert locusts interventions are planning to procure supplementary feeds to cushion livestock keepers against adverse effects of pasture inadequacy resulting from desert locust invasion.
County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yussuf said that additional intervention include plans upscale of pasture production, rangelands rehabilitation and management as well as livelihoods diversification activities such as poultry and bee keeping.
CO thanked partner organization supporting feeds distribution and directed that the supplementary feeds reach the targeted beneficiaries.
The County Livestock Production department will promote goat dairy farming to increase production and profitability to livestock farmers in Turkana.
While noting of financial and resources challenges,County Director for Livestock Production Bobby Ekadon said that the department is waiting for release of funds from the National Government so as to cover had-hit drought hotspots areas like Kalapata,Kerio Delta,Lakezone, Kalokol and Kaeris wards that are currently constrained in terms of feeds pasture availability.
Director Ekadon added that second phase which will begin next week will be done through a collaboration under the Omo Delta program through which TUPADO will facilitate ferrying of feeds to Turkana North & Kibish while LOKADO will support prepositioning of feeds to Turkana West Sub-County.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) intends to support the directorate with 5000 bags of range cubes as a post locust recovery program to cushion the affected livestock species all-over the county.
In this financial year,the County Government has earmarked to construct four saleyards at Nanam,Nakalale,Kalapata and Napusimoru.
Frontier Children Development Organization which is a local Non-Governmental Organization affiliated with Child Fund has facilitated livestock production staff who will be key in distribution of the feeds to the targeted beneficiaries.
Directors Benson Longor(Veterinary Services) and Robert Kibunja (Fisheries) as well staff from the Pastoral Economy and Fisheries department attended the brief ceremony held at Mifugo Complex.
Frontier Children Development Organization Sponsor Relation Coordinator John Esibitar was also present.