Narok County launches animal feed strategy

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Narok County Government has launched the Animal Feeds Strategy 2024-2034, which is meant to improve livestock production and boost the livelihood of the pastoralist community.

The County Deputy Governor, Tamalinye Koech, who witnessed the launch of the strategy, called on farmers to form groups so as to benefit from free training, seeds, and other farm inputs to improve their production.

He said the county government is partnering with the SNV Netherlands organisation to support farmers in adapting to climate-resilient agricultural practices for increased production.

“We are urging our farmers to register in groups so that they can get free training and farm inputs because it is difficult to train a single farmer,” said the deputy governor.

SNV Project Manager Julius Rono said the programme kicked off three years ago in Narok County and has already had some impact on boosting livelihoods.

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“Improvement in terms of livestock production has a direct impact on livelihoods. Women have come with testimonies of how the programme has impacted them,” he said.

Narok Executive Member in Charge of Agriculture and Livestock, Ms. Joyce Keshe, said the county has partnered with SNV to ensure the pastoralist community is not affected by drought.

She added that her department has discovered 21 varieties of forage that are good for livestock in the county, and they are training organised groups on how to grow and benefit from the forage.

Ms. Keshe reiterated that different forage is suitable for different areas as the county has different climatic zones.

However, the CECM lamented that despite the increase in milk production, the farmers are still not getting value for their efforts because of the many middlemen who buy their milk at a throwaway price.

“One thing that is coming out clearly from our farmers is that they do not have a ready market to sell their milk. They sell their milk to middlemen at Sh30 per litre, who later sell it in Narok town at Sh70,” she observed.

In a bid to end this trend, Ms. Keshe said the farmers’ groups are being trained on the value addition of their products so that they can fetch more money.

By Ann Salaton

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