5,000 acres for pasture production

Some 5000 acres of land in Ledokojek area in Samburu Central Sub County will be set aside for pasture production to cushion livestock from drought and earn farmers some income.

The County’s Executive Committee member (CEC) for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Vincent Learaman said that the amount of rainfall received in Samburu central could support grass farming.

Speaking at a farmer’s field day organized by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) in Ledokojek village Friday, Learaman said that the county government will train farmers on how they can earn income from pasture farming in areas that did not support rain fed crop production.

We will empower our farmers through training, supplying them with certified seeds and also provide ploughs to make sure that they produce enough pasture and be self-reliant, he said.

He announced that the county government will buy hay produced by the farmers and store for the dry season to support livestock from the low land areas of Samburu East, where pasture cannot be grown.

Also speaking at the farmers’ field day, Harsama Kello the Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture’ State Department of Crops Development said that the national government will support farmers willing to engage in pasture farming as a business.

One of the governments big four agenda is job creation and planting pasture for sale amounts to job creation in this part of the country which we will fully support, he said.

Kello said that improved versions of brachiaria, cayman, mulato II and cobra grass varieties are suitable for the region.

He said that two kilograms of the certified seeds which is sold at S, 000 can be planted in one acre and a farmer can harvest twice a year.

One acre of pasture can fetch up to S00, 000 and a farmer can plant twice a year I therefore encourage every household to take advantage of this and become grass millionaires in the near future, Kello said.

Further, he said that most grazing conflicts and cattle rustling take place during the dry seasons, hence this vice would end if pastoralists were encouraged to grow pasture in their farms.

Source: Kenya News Agency