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Governor flags off drought pellets for livestock 

The  Laikipia  Governor, Nderitu Muriithi on Wednesday flagged off trucks loaded with drought pellets for livestock in Laikipia North.

The drought pellets are part of the Sh. 33 Million stock for the livestock as from June this year up to date as a cushioning measure against the biting drought in the county.

While flagging off the consignment at the County headquarters in Nanyuki, Nderitu has urged the concerned stakeholders and leaders to ensure long term strategies are put in place for mitigating against drought.

“We should not be like firefighters who act when disaster strike, but we should be well prepared for the drought by laying down the right long term strategies,” Nderitu observed.

He urged the group ranches owned by communities to emulate Ilingwesi Ranch pilot project, where 100 acres have been set aside for growing fodder.

“Group ranches are capable of setting aside about 500 acres for growing fodder, which can be used during dry periods,” he added.

The County Drought Coordinator, Parkolwa Mustafa  said that National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has managed to deploy various measures in cushioning the county against drought.

“In partnership with European Union (EU), private conservancies, Laikipia Wildlife Forum and other stakeholders NDMA has deployed various response measures to mitigate the impact of drought in Laikipia County,” Mustafa noted.

The  NDMA Coordinator  said the county received 7,800 bags of pellets in the months of September and October, out of which 5,000 bags had already been distributed to deserving cases.

Apart from drought management, NDMA has also supported sectors such as health, water and security with aid totaling to about Sh. 9 Million.

He said the current consignment will be taken to Mowarak, Luoniek and Ilmotiok areas in Laikipia North.

“We will also continue distribution in Laikipia East and parts of Laikipia West, and where resources will allow, a repeat cycle may be done,” he said.

According to the coordinator the NDMA will have spent over Sh. 42 Million by end of the current financial year.

The event  was also witnessed by Deputy Governor, John  Mwaniki and County Commissioner and Onesmus  Kyatha among others.

By  Kimani  Tirus

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