County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Ebei Aemun has today rolled out livestock feeds distribution programme targeting 750 households in Kanamkemer and Kangathota Wards of Turkana Central Sub-County.
The 37.5 Metric tonnes of range cubes was procured by Peace Winds Japan organization to cushion livestock from starvation due limited vegetation by bridging the gap before regeneration of pasture and browse after pouring of rains a few days ago.
One hundred and fifty households at Loturerei each received a 50Kg bag of range cubes while the remaining 600 bags will be distributed to Naipa, Naoros and Akatuman areas of Kangathota Ward as from tomorrow.
In his remarks, CECM Aemun said that launch of the program at Loturerei was a beginning of drought mitigation measures by the County Government and livestock partners that’s intended to protect breeding herds and lactating ones from starvation due to lack of key nutrients that support important body functions.
The County Executive revealed that other actors including those involved in desert control have been mobilized to cheap in and help in purchase of the supplementary feeds to support livestock farmers after devastating losses due to prolonged drought.
According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) early warning report, Turkana County had been classified at alarm phase of the drought cycle.
Acting County Director for Livestock Production Bobby Ekadon regretted that the drought had disrupted availability of pasture and water for livestock, warning that the current rains experienced might worsen livestock body conditions before regeneration of pasture.
Others who spoke included Peace Winds Japan Turkana Field Coordinator Daniel Ekal as well as Deputy Directors Geoffrey Apedor (Administration) and Ernest Anzenze (Livestock Marketing).
County Livestock Production Officers were also present.