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Drought-Affected Households Benefit from Restocking Program

At least 100 households in Nakululas, Turkana East Sub-county today benefited from the distribution of 500 goats that had been procured by the Department of Livestock Development.

The restocking exercise was presided over by County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries David Erukudi.

Each affected household received one male goat and four female goats.

In his remarks, the County Executive briefed residents on the criteria used to select the beneficiaries and informed them that the restocking exercise was meant to rebuild their economic assets and livelihoods after losing them to raids, age vulnerability, and other disasters.

He also spoke about the recurring drought and pasture scarcity in the area, and said that the Department had developed plans to initiate pasture production to grow pasture as a complement to the limited pasture and vegetation that has on many occasions led to conflicts as well as death of livestock.

County Chief Officer for Livestock Development Ezekiel Ekuwom assured that those who had not benefited from the first phase of the restocking program would be factored in the next phase.

He also shared the Department’s plans to improve pasture production and livestock disease control.

Also present at the event was Ag. Director for Livestock Production John Eipa.

By Peter Gitonga 

 

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