The government has spent over 700 million shillings on the Index Based Livestock Insurance Program that was rolled out in the eight Arid and Semi Arid counties four years ago.
Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri says the insurance programme will be rolled out in all the fourteen Arid and Semi Arid counties in the next two years in support of the livestock development agenda under the Big Four Plan.
The Index-Based Insurance Program protects against shared rather than individual risk such as the risks associated with weather fluctuations, disease out breaks or price loss.
The government first piloted the program in Wajir and Turkana Counties and after a successful start, it was extended to six more counties.
705 million shillings has already been spent on the program.
According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, the progress of the program is being monitored and now has over 100,000 beneficiaries.
He says livestock insurance has stabilized the pastoral livelihood system, reduced dependency on relief aid and post-disaster responses while restoring dignity of the mainstream pastoralists.
County governments, donors as well as other stakeholders have been requested to compliment the national government’s efforts in cushioning Kenyans from extreme shocks resulting from drought.
The director of Livestock Production Julius Kiptarus says the ministry is also working on a program to develop pasture and improve water supply water to mitigate on the vagaries of dry spells.
They are hopeful that in two years time they shall be able to cover all the fourteen ASAL counties.