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Drought resilience programme to enhance livestock production

The Tana River County Livestock Resilience Programme has spent sh30million in construction and rehabilitation of water pans in the County as part of intervention measures to enhance livestock production.

The  Project Coordinator (PC), Abdi Mohammed said the livestock resilience programme funded by the World Bank and Kenya government is a five year programme to assist livestock farmers get sufficient water for their livestock and human consumption.

Speaking during the Tana River County Service Delivery committee meeting held at the County Commissioner’s Boardroom in Hola on Thursday, Mohammed said the programme has helped to ease water shortage for pastoralists in areas such as Kurite in Bangale division where a water pan was dugout at a cost of sh18million and the Labile water pan that cost sh4.2million in the same division.

He  said the programme has also enabled construction of Idd water pan in Assa-Kone location of Garsen division at a cost of sh4.1 million and added that Koticha water pan was rehabilitated at a cost of sh2.2million in Tana North Sub County.

The PC further said the programme has supplied 200 households each with 10 goats for restocking to improve livestock production.

He  also said the programme aims at ensuring that livestock farmers have enough water and pasture for their animals to avoid encroaching on farmers’ shambas and destroying crops which often results into conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in the area.

By  Simon Guruba

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