A goat restocking exercise in Turkana County will benefit 126 families in four sub-counties of
Turkana South, Turkana North, Turkana Central and Loima sub-counties. The initiative funded by Child Fund is being conducted together with Turkana County Government where each identified household will receive five goats.
Turkana County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun while launching the program said the restocking program is part of the County Government and partner’s agenda to support residents to rebuild themselves after negative impacts of Covid-19 and the desert Locusts that he decried had made the community more vulnerable due to destruction of their sources of livelihoods.
“It is one of the efforts that we have initiated with partners as recovery programs after locusts invasion. Further support will include distribution of livestock feeds, treatment of livestock as well as farm tools to support farmers,” said Aemun.
The CEC has challenged partner organisations in Turkana to galvanize Government recovery efforts by pooling resources to support affected households withstand shock that had been caused by a range of disasters in the region.
Aemun says the Pastoral Economy department had strived to safeguard animal health through its officers considering that nomadism was the main source of livelihoods in Turkana and part of County Government’s agenda is to cushion herders against incurring socio-economic losses due to disasters.
In attendance during the launch were County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yussuf, Kanamkemer MCA James Ikeny, Directors Benson Longor (Veterinary Services) and Bobby Ekadon (Livestock Production, Veterinary Services Deputy Director Jane Akale, Child Fund Program Manager Peter Lochuch and Frontiers Child Organisation Chairperson Francis Esekon.