Kainuk, May 1, 2021 (Governor’s Press Service)– More than 100 households in Lobokat ward have today benefited from launch of a restocking program that was officiated by Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro.

The restocking exercise program which targets 516 households with 2700 Sheep/Goats in Lobokat and Kaputir Wards is aimed at rebuilding pastoralist economic assets and livelihoods after loosing their livestock to bandits a few years ago.

116 households in Lobokat ward drawn from Kainuk, Kakong and Loyapat villages have received the program while the remaining 400 will be distributed to selected areas of Kaputir Ward.

While assuring of Government commitment towards cementing the existing peace in the Turkana-West Pokot border, DG Lotethiro outlined Government development plans which included implementation of sustainable food security projects in Turkana, and resilient livestock programs that are beneficial to wananchi.

He underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence among communities living along the border that he said would aid initiation of development projects and regretted that few elements who fueled conflict had denied the region socio-economic investment.

Targeted households received six sheep/goats in Lobokat ward while beneficiaries in Kaputir ward, whose distribution is expected to commence tomorrow, will receive five sheep/goats per house hold.

County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun said that family vulnerability and extent of loss was considered in selection of beneficiaries for the restocking program that was meant to take place in FY 2018/2019 but delayed because of unavoidable circumstances.

He assured herders present that his ministry had procured enough livestock vaccines and veterinary drugs that would soon be prepositioned to Sub-Counties cold chain stores to help in targeted treatment and disease control.

County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services Abdulahi Yusuf noted that his department plans to upscale pasture conservation, livestock marketing and bee keeping in near future. While Lobokat Ward MCA David Erukudi lauded the initiative that he said would create resilience among families that had socio-economically been grounded by raids.

Others who spoke included Directors Bobby Ewoi (Livestock Production) and Benson Longor(Veterinary Services) in the brief event that was also attended by Deputy Directors Geoffrey Apedor (Administration), John Eipa (Range Management) and Ernest Anzenze(Livestock Marketing).

Turkana South’s County Government staff were led by Sub-County Administrator Alexander Losikiria.