Samburu Pastoralists Trained on Pasture Seed Production for Enhanced Harvests and to Minimize Migration

Lodokejek, Samburu - Men, women and children from within and around Samburu attended the Lodokejek pastures field day that saw the county government of Samburu and KEPHIS display pastures suitable for livestock. The Samburu- dressed in their beautiful blue and red traditional regalia - came and saw for themselves - even appreciated -pastures that can do well in their county and that are also suitable for arid and semi-arid areas (ASALs). The pastures included Pokot Rhodes, Boma Rhodes, Sudan grass, SC Sila, Cenchrus Ciliaris, Cobra, Mulato II and Cayman.

The County CEC Agriculture Mr. Vincent Learam, who represented governor Moses Lenolkulal stated that the county government would construct storage facilities for pastures and hay so that farmers to do not have to migrate to other counties during the dry seasons.
"We will also continue to build capacity for our farmers on pastures production so they feed their livestock both in the dry and wet seasons," he said. He added that the county would also train farmers on use of certified pasture seeds to boost production for their animals. Mr Hassan Kello, the Director of Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, who represented CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri during the event, echoed the CEC's sentiments, saying the community should embrace initiatives such as the field day to grow suitable pastures for their livestock, more so for the dry seasons. "Learn as much as you can from this event to grow feed for your livestock so you do not have to move to other counties to look for food during the dry seasons," he said.
Mr James Wahome, Chief Liaison Officer at KEPHIS, who represented the MD Dr Esther Kimani urged the pastoralists to implement what they had learnt during the farmers training on the day before and during the field day.

"KEPHIS will also continue working with counties to ensure food availability and also implement the Big 4 Agenda as per our mandate," he said.

Sorghum was one of the crops on display during the field day


Men and women admire one of the grasses planted during the Lodokejek field day in Samburu


Samburu County CEC Agriculture Mr. Vincent Learam (left) and Mr.  Hassan Kello, the Director of Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries urged pastoralists to learn about the most suitable pasture varieties to grow in the region for good harvests and also to minimize migration during the dry seasons

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