LIVESTOCK LOSSES

Start offtake now, government told

Official warns delay will result in massive death of livestock

In Summary

• Water and pasture have diminished as a result of the long dry period from May

• With 90 per cent of residents depending on livestock, official wants state to buy them, county assemblies to provide special kitty to tackle drought

Kenya Livestock Marketing Council chairman Dubat Amey speaks to the press in Garissa town yesterday
Kenya Livestock Marketing Council chairman Dubat Amey speaks to the press in Garissa town yesterday
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

The national and county governments have been urged to start buying livestock from pastoralists before they are lost to the looming drought.

All indications are that a drought is imminent in the coming weeks, said Dubat Amey, chairman of the Kenya Livestock Marketing Council.

 
 
 

"We propose livestock offtake be initiated by November to get value for pastoralists," he told the press in Garissa town yesterday.

 

"Late offtake will result in massive death of livestock and the country will be at a loss." 

The October-December weather forecast for short rains indicates the eastern and northern counties will receive below average rainfall.

Dubat said from the analysis, it is clear that the situation will continue to worsen and become an emergency with failure or depressed November to December 2020 rainfall.

Garissa county NDMA coordinator Abbdinoor Dubow said the agency has already started water tracking to areas that are in dire need of water.

He said the demand will go up as time goes by because of the prevailing circumstances.

A report by the National Drought Management Authority found the deterioration in livestock body condition and milk production is worsening compared to July and August.

The report further states the average distances to water for both households and livestock is increasing by the day, since most animal and households use water pans.

A harder gives his camels water in aka village, Balambala sub county at the weekend.
DROUGHT A harder gives his camels water in aka village, Balambala sub county at the weekend.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO