Christopher L. Ajele
Director Livestock Production
The Department through its staff (25 Technical staff) is committed to provide high quality services to our clients’ needs with professionalism and transparency within time as stipulated in our service charter. The department of livestock production is responsible in its mandate for the following: management of natural resource base, rangeland resources, Emerging livestock and Apiculture, Animal Production where it manages quality assurance for livestock feeds, Animal breeding, conservation of genetic material, monitoring and Evaluation of Livestock development projects, Development of appropriate policies and legal framework for livestock development. The department is also responsible for development of local and international livestock marketing networks, Value addition of livestock products processing and agribusiness, training livestock producers, processors and market groups. The Department collaborates with research institutions and other stakeholders in technology development and transfer (Extension) as a primary function.
To carry out the above functions, the capacity assessment and rationalization of public service (CARPS) exercise in 2014 recognized 10 important Divisions in the department of livestock production. However for purposes of prudent management of the County resources we have fused the ten to six divisions that carry out the stated functions as outlined below:
- CORE VALUES
To be the leading agent in the achievement of food security for all, employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction in Turkana County.
To improve the livelihoods of the people by promotion of competitive, innovative and sustainable livestock development and management.
The mandate of the Department is “to promote, regulate and facilitate livestock production for socio-economic development and industrialization”.
The Livestock Production Department has several Divisions whose functions are as follows:
- Animal Production: This Division focuses on dairy and beef Production, sheep and goats – small stock and non-ruminant production, livestock feeds and breeding. Alongside this is Livestock Risk management comprising of Restocking, Destocking and Livestock Insurance.
- Range Management: This division offers services in pastoralism and ranching, advising on range water development, rangeland resource monitoring and camel production.
- Livestock Marketing which is responsible for livestock information management, infrastructure development (County Sale yards, Holding Grounds) and livestock market coordination, Livestock products value addition and Agribusiness.
- Extension Services (the most important Division of the department) which takes care of extension management, gender equity mobilization, extension information and publications, research extension liaison and food security. Extension Services objective is to support the spread of new practices to help Livestock producers adapt to the new contextual conditions that include: disappearance of open space grazing areas, degradation of the natural productive potential due to increased populations and climate change, expansion of crop farming, etc. The extension packages involve the promotion of technologies that increase productivity, enable access to markets, conserve and protect environment.
- Apiculture and Emerging livestock which is responsible for offering services in beekeeping, quality assurance of bee products and emerging livestock.
- Monitoring and Evaluation which is in charge of project planning and policy development and monitoring and evaluation of the projects. Training which is responsible for staff training and human resource development.
- DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES
- DEPARTMENT PRIORITY AREAS
- Creating favorable environment for development
- Facilitating access to Markets.
- Increasing output and productivity
- Conserving and protecting environment
- Enhancing ASAL livestock development
- Integrating gender in development programs
- Improving the management and dissemination of information
- Mobilizing and effectively utilizing resources
- Putting in place measures to address HIV/AIDS
- Institutionalizing public service integrity in the department
- To enhance livestock production and productivity through improved pasture and fodder production, in this case communities will be trained and supported to enable pastoralists to harvest pastures to make hay and agro pastoralists to increase forage production by harvesting and processing crop residue. This will be done by giving organized groups trainings, pasture seeds, forage processing and conservation equipment to do pasture and crop residues value addition within irrigation schemes and in rain fed areas.
- The sector will carry out Rangeland Rehabilitation through Proper grazing management practices, rain water harvesting, reseeding of denuded areas, and use other appropriate range management technologies for increased livestock productivity.
- To promote improved livestock production systems through provision of extension services that include demand driven farm visits, trainings, on farm demonstrations, field days, exposure tours, provision of necessary materials, structures, equipment to enhance sharing of production knowledge and technologies between the livestock producers and the technical staff
- The sector will continue to promote timely livestock marketing by supporting production groups and marketing associations through provision of trainings, grants, improvement of market infrastructure e.g. strategic Holding grounds, sale yards, and linking groups to important market destinations. The department will also support Livestock Holding ground value addition of animal products to meet the desirable market standards.
- To increase livestock production the sector will support livestock breed Improvement and diversification, promote poultry, Beekeeping and emerging livestock. Breed improvement will include selection from the local herds, and introduction of animals with desirable traits in the Livestock breeding and Multiplication center to be used in the
- To collect field data and document information for use in livestock management in the County. This will include carrying out Livestock census to establish livestock populations by kind and type to be used for planning and development. The other information collected will be used to enhance livestock early warning systems for emergency preparedness and disaster response activities such as emergence of-takes and emergence livestock feeds for economically important livestock.