Wajir Governor Ahmed Ali Mukhtar on flagged off distribution of 10,000 bales of hay to the peri-urban and urban pastoralists in Wajir Central Ward at Makoror Centre in Wajir Town.
Governor Mukhtar who was accompanied by his Deputy Hashim Musa Yussuf said that his government and partners have been actively promoting fodder production and conservation through utilization of the government’s resources to improve community resilience to the recurrent droughts in the region.
According to the Governor, these efforts have led to non-importation of hay into the county for the last 10 years.
“The County Government has prioritized the purchase of hay from the local farmers as part of interventions in drought mitigation”, said Governor Mukhtar, reiterating that through partnership with Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the County Government distributed 4,000 bags of drought pellets that targeted parts of Ibrahim Ure and Khorof Harar wards.
“We are receiving further 11,200 bags of the pellets from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to be distributed countywide, starting from Habaswein,” said Mukhtar.
“These measures are meant to cushion farmers from losing their milking and breeding herds”, reiterated the Governor.
He appealed for a working partnership between both the private and public entities to protect the lives and livelihoods of the communities in the affected areas.
By Donald Ngala