NAIROBI, Kenya’s Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) has begun buying livestock from drought-hit herders in Tana River County in the second phase of its livestock off-take programme.
The 10 million-shilling (about 96,999 US dollars) programme targets the purchase of 500 head of cattle at a cost of 16,000 shillings each and is aimed at helping ease the burden of buying expensive fodder to feed their livestock as the drought in eastern Kenya continues.
Several parts of the country were hit by drought for the better part of this year, which saw pastoralists lose hundreds of their animals because of the lack of pasture. As a result, the government started the programme to buy livestock from the herders to protect them from further losses.
A total of 4,000 head of cattle were purchased from farmers in the first phase of the programme last year.
The ADC is buying malnourished cattle from locals before fattening and selling them to butcheries.
Locals are appealing to the government to extend the off-take programme to include purchases of goats and sheep to benefit herders who do not keep cattle.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK