Pastoralists turn to sedentary farming

By Jeremy Ogolla

Pastoralists in West Pokot County are turning the page and moving into sedentary farming.

In what could be a complete culture change, the pastoralists are slowing embracing farming.

Even as they aver that sedentary farming is considered a taboo in the area, Jackson Nakurdis there is a culture change among the Pokots.

Nakurdis says with access to technology including animal breeding and provision of certified seed to farmers, “the notion that farming is for the weak willed will be a thing of the past.”

Jackson Nakurdis, a resident of Kacheliba says sedentary farming has helped him reduce the constant migration in search of pasture and water as well as he high dependence on relief food.

The erratic weather conditions in West Pokot County have seen the Pokot suffer hunger, malnutrition and even the loss of their livestock.

Harsh weather conditions have left most residents reliant on food aid and Keen to change the situation, some pastoralists drawn from Kacheliba have resorted to farming of maize and mangoes.

“Dependence on livestock is not sustainable the increasing population coupled by climate change and water scarcity is a major challenge for pastoralists,” said Nakurdis who has turned to maize and mango farming.

He appealed to both county and national governments to set up a Research Centre in Kacheliba.

  

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