Farmers urge KWS to manage Rogue Elephants

Famers in Samburu Central Sub-county have called upon the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to manage rogue elephants destroying their crop.

They claimed that KWS has been slow in curbing the elephants menace, with attack on maize farms at night on the rise in Lpartuk area.

Agnes Lenti, a farmer, said that men have to endure cold nights at the edges of their farms to guard crops against elephants attack.

We are suffering, our sons and husbands are sleeping outside to watch over our crops, they are also endangering their lives, said Lenti.

She said the elephants invade green maize plantations at night and can destroy two acres in a short time.

We light fire at the edge of the farms and when we spot them, we pelt them with rocks to scare them away, sometimes they become arrogant and a whole village has to wake up to scare them away, she said.

Margret Lenura, a mother of three said that she was expecting to harvest more than sixty bags of maize but the wild animals have drastically reduced that.

Lenura said that she is not married and relies on her neighbours to guard her farm alongside theirs.

I don’t have a husband and my children are young, I am the most affected because sometimes my neighbours are overwhelmed by the elephants and they cannot leave their farms to come and guard mine, she said.

She called upon the government to come to their rescue, saying they can feed the larger Samburu if elephants are tamed.

Isaac Lekolol, added that, together with other men in the area, he has not slept for the last one month.

How can I enjoy a sleep when my food crop is vulnerable to elephant invasion, he wondered.

They said that most of the attacks can be dealt with if the KWS officials cooperated with the locals when the animals stray from the forests.

Our people are nursing serious injuries due to wildlife attacks and many farmers are counting losses of crops destroyed, Lekolol said.

Peter Leshakwet, the Samburu county executive for tourism called upon KWS to tame the wild animals before residents decide to deal with them on their own.

Samburu Central Sub-county is considered the bread-basket for the region since it receives near normal rainfall per year.

In August 2016, hyenas attacked and killed a flock of 63 sheep in Ceki village, Kisima location of Samburu Central Sub-county.

Source: Kenya News Agency