County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun has said that livestock production partnership between the County Government and Livestock Market Systems(LMS) organisation has boosted cross-border trade ties.
He noted that launch of market days in Lokichar, Kakuma ,Lodwar and Lokiriama has enhanced cross-border trade linkages thus providing ready market for traders who now have an opportunity to sell their products during the established market days.
CEC Aemun spoke when he chaired a quarterly review meeting between LMS officials and representatives from County Government departments of Livestock production and Veterinary Services that play role on implementation of LMS activities.
LMS officers from Nairobi attended the meeting held in Lodwar, through zoom.
In his remarks, the County Executive said that the partnership on poultry and fish value chains has proven to be transformative after establishment of an ice plant and poultry feed processing in Loropio village in Kalokol Ward.
CEC Aemun stated that completion of Napeililim holding ground and Lomosogol breeding centre would reduce losses leading to an increase on livestock assets productivity and income to the owners.
The Kenya Livestock Market Systems activities funded by USAID seeks to strengthen community resilience in Northern Kenya and reduce poverty, hunger, and chronic malnutrition by expanding and diversifying viable economic activities.
LMS has conducted a feasibility study and development of operations framework awaiting discussion with the County Attorney on operationalization of the Lomosogol breeding centre in Kerio Delta ward through a public-private partnership agreement.
CEC Aemun assured LMS of County Government commitment to partner with livestock production stakeholders to achieve County Government agenda on food security, through investing on different value chains that would enhance livelihood diversification.
CEC Aemun said diversification is meant to provide alternative source through value chain addition on different producer groups in the Turkana that would be mapped by the sectoral county departments and LMS.
He added that identification and strengthening of the livestock value chains would open up business opportunities in Turkana to neighbouring regions and increase sales for producer groups. He emphasized on the need to invest on honey production, processing and branding before its release to the market.
LMS Technical Coordination Director Erastus Kyalo stated that they will support livelihoods diversification by strengthening established cooperative groups through livestock market policies.