Farmers in insecurity prone areas of Marakwet region have been advised against selling their animals at throwaway prices.
The Elgeyo Marakwet County Executive Committee (CEC) in charge of Agriculture, Shadrack Yatich said despite the situation, farmers should not allow themselves to be denied their hard earned money but they should stay put and sell their livestock at the market prices.
Faced with threats of losing their animals to bandits, farmers living along the Baringo-West Pokot-Elgeyo Marakwet boundary have resulted to selling their animals in Eldoret at very low prices.
According to Tenderwa location Chief, Abraham Chelang’a, farmers were also finding it tedious to move with their livestock as they flee from the bandits especially the merino sheep as they cannot survive in the lowlands where they are fleeing to.
The CEC also called on farmers in hilly areas to ensure they dig terraces in their farms to prevent soil erosion.
Source: Kenya News Agency