More than three hundred people in Kalokol Ward have today received goats/sheep and livestock range cubes and chicken from the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project(NARIGP) that’s domiciled at the County department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Four groups drawn from Kapua,Kalotum and Kalokol locations also got 200 chicks as well as 125 poultry feeds under the poultry value chain in a brief event presided by County Executive Philip Ebei Aemun.
NARIGP has so far disbursed Ksh3.8 million to eleven community groups who had presented their proposals on different value chain implemented under the project,whose term has been extended until 2023.
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.
In his remarks CECM Aemun warned against converting the distributed goats for cultural rites,noting that empowerment of herders through community driven programs was a critical necessity to integrate livestock and trade sectors.
The County Executive revealed that the department had budgeted construction of a livestock saleyard at Kapua location in the next financial to provide ready market for traders ,and open up the region for investment on livestock value chain,among other trading activities.
He asked NARIGP officials to fast-track vetting and funding of the remaining groups and called for unity of purpose among members of the benefiting groups for sustainability and profitability of the project.
County Chief Officer for Livestock Abdulahi Yusuf echoed the CECM’s remarks and asked other remaining groups to consider applying for the Apiculture value that hadn’t been applied by any group from the lake-side despite its economic potential.
Area MCA Simon Nangiro called for awareness and sensitization on the available value chains for the remaining groups while Director for Livestock Production Bobby Ekadon noted that his directorate would partner with NARIGP to assist remaining groups on sheep/goats value chain.
NARIGP’s County Community Development Officer Elia Lolem said construction of poultry houses had been undertaken while drinkers and feeders accessories for chicks had already been delivered even as they plan to fund the remaining 24 groups in Kalokol Ward.
Also present were staff from Turkana Central led by Deputy Sub-County administrator Esther Lokitoe.