Samburu county government is seeking to partner with Kenya Meat commission to find market for mutton.
This aims to reduce the high number of sheep which are causing desertification in the county.
Samburu county governor Moses Lenolkulal said that plans were underway to construct an abattoir in the county so that they could be transporting mutton to Nairobi instead of live animals.
We are working closely with KMC so as to make sure that we get a market for our beef. We will be transporting mutton from Samburu to Nairobi, he said.
The governor revealed that in collaboration with European Union, the county government would be putting up a slaughter house in Maralal town.
Lenolkulal said that this will be a major milestone in environmental conservation as farmers will keep animals that they able to maintain.
This way we will be able to reduce the number of animals that cause desertification, we will be able to deal with overgrazing, said Lenolkulal.
The governor however noted that most animals were lost in the recent drought.
He said that this is one of the challenges but noted that the most important thing would be to get a reliable market where farmers will be able to sell their animals and make profits.
Source: Kenya News Agency