Samburu County government has flagged off distribution of 28 dairy cows and 120 dairy goats to farmers in Samburu Central Sub-County in order to improve livestock breeds and increase milk production in the region.
The County’s Committee Member (CEC) in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Benedict Lentumunai said a total of 1,600 cows have been given to farmers at no cost since 2015, when the project was initially launched to boost food security in the county.
“This should have a positive impact to our farmers and as the governor said, we want to have a food secure county and this is the way to go. Currently each and every household has enough milk for their consumption,” he said.
He said the county government was seeking for more market to enable farmers in Samburu Central Sub County sell milk at better prices.
Farmers from Ang’ata Nayukie and loosuk wards respectively were also given dairy goats at no cost. “We have now given Ang’ata Nayukie 75 goats and Loosuk 60 and we hope our farmers are going to take care of them so that we can realize the expected profits,” he said.
Suguta ward MCA Shadrack Lesoipa said introduction of new breed of cattle that are zero grazed will prevent clashes among herders over limited pasture during dry spell.
Ang’ata Nanyukie ward MCA Paul Leshimpiro said the livestock distribution program was transforming lives of Samburu County residents.
“We are grateful to the county government for improving livelihoods of people and we urge our farmers to provide good care for these animals for optimal benefits,” he said.
By Robert Githu