The Kenya Livestock Marketing Trust (KLMT) is calling on the Agriculture ministry to embark on plans that will see pastoralists and other livestock keepers get free animal feeds following mass destruction of pasture by locusts.
KLMT Chairman Dubat Amey while speaking during a tour of a livestock market in Garissa County said pastoralists who majorly depend on natural vegetation for survival of their livestock now stare at losses as millions of locusts continue eating away pastureland.
“We all know that it’s the national government that controls the biggest chunk of funds, and so they should move with speed and provide assistance to our people. We don’t want to witness last minute rush assistance as it has been the case in the past,” said Amey.
He appealed to the national government to come on board and give the assistance to the farmers in form of animals feeds, vaccines and water tinkering.
“The government both national and county have tried to help pastoralists but that is all in vain. The government should administer more funds to the livestock sector,” he told the journalists at the livestock market
Amey added that the government should also do an off-take program to avert mass losses of livestock as result of drought that is continuing to ravage in the area.
Hundreds of livestock were seen visibly emaciated chewing cud as the owners keep watch of the herds at the famous Garissa livestock market.
Livestock farmers in the market who spoke to the press urged the government to assist them with hay for their animals.