In Summary
  • The programme is also being facilitated by the National Drought Management Authority and the ministry of Agriculture.

  • Mr Kanyiri said the move is meant to reduce losses encountered by the herders whose livestock continues to perish due to starvation.

Lamu County is set to start a livestock destocking programme in areas affected by drought.

Mr Joseph Kanyiri, the county commissioner, said they are planning to purchase more than 1,000 animals, which will be slaughtered and distributed to the residents.

The programme is also being facilitated by the National Drought Management Authority and the ministry of Agriculture.

Mr Kanyiri said the move is meant to reduce losses encountered by the herders whose livestock continues to perish due to starvation.

The county’s NDMA coordinator Mohamed Dahir said the agency is also looking for markets where herders man sell some of their animals.

“Our intention is not only to buy and slaughter all the cattle affected. Our objective is entirely meant to reduce the number of livestock in Lamu suffering due to the drought,” he said.

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