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Sh10 Million Set Aside For Livestock Interventions in Lamu

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The County Government of Lamu has set aside at least Sh10 million to undertake various interventions for livestock in the region during this period of drought.

Lamu County Government Chief Officer for Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, Gichohi Mathenge told Opera News Hub on Friday that the money has already been released and that they have been undertaking various activities, including digging of boreholes, wells, construction of water pans and dams in places like Nagelle, Pangani, Mkunumbi, Lumshi and other areas.

Dr Mathenge said apart from the water trucking projects, the cash is also being used in purchasing and administering drugs to livestock as well as undertaking livestock vaccination campaigns across Lamu County.

The Livestock Chief Officer termed the vaccination campaign for livestock as crucial, bearing in mind that Lamu has been witnessing huge influx of livestock from neighbouring counties of Tana River and Garissa searching for water and pasture in Lamu as the drought ravages most parts of northern Kenya.

Dr Mathenge said part of the allocation has also been used in purchasing animal feeds and providing them to livestock keepers affected by the drought.

“We are committed to ensuring that the pastoralist communities in villages hardest hit by drought in this place don’t get the worst effects and conditions of the drought. We have established water pans, dug boreholes, dams and wells while admissions of livestock drugs and vaccinations are already ongoing in places like Nagelle, Pangani, Mkunumbi, Lumshi and other areas of the county,” said Dr Mathenge.

The Livestock Chief Officer also revealed plan to have the National Livestock Insurance Program roll-out in Lamu County before the end of the year.

The project has been at its pilot stage in other counties such as Marsabit.

It intends to protect livestock keepers from drought related asset losses they face, particularly those in the drought prone arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs).

“We are targeting at registering at least 2,500 households from Lamu County that rely on pastoralism for their livelihoods in the implementation of the National Livestock Insurance Scheme starting this year,” said Dr Mathenge.

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Gichohi Mathenge Lamu Lamu County Lumshi Pangani

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