Naivasha farmers want KWS to contain wildlife invasion


A group of farmers from Naivasha have issued a 14 day ultimatum to Kenya Wildlife Service to address increased cases of human-wildlife conflict failure to which they will take action.

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The farmers from Mirera village threatened to kill the tens of wild animals that have been invading their farms in the recent past.

In Laikipia County, fears of food shortage abound following the destruction of food granaries by marauding elephants.

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Cases of human wildlife conflict are common in parts of the country as towns and farmland continue to be developed across wildlife migration routes.

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The Naivasha peasant farmers say they have suffered for months with no solution forth coming from authorities despite their numerous call for help.

The residents say majority of the wild animals had fled from the nearby Mt Longonot national park in search of pastures and water leading to the destruction of their crops.

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It is the same scenario in Laikipia with residents of Makenji village, Marmanet ward calling on  the county government and the Kenya Wildlife Service to come to their aid  saying the invasion of wildlife has adversely affected their way of life.

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Fears of a food shortage have hit the area following the destruction of food granaries.

The residents are accusing a contractor who erected a 54 kilometre electric fence of carrying out a shoddy job.

In the latest incident, the animals are said to have strayed from the nearby Rumuruti forest wreaking havoc by destroying three granaries where maize worth thousands of shilling was destroyed.




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