BY ROBERT KIPLAGAT
Nginyang goats and cattle market – constructed by the Government, through the council, and the Arid Land Livestock Programme (ALLPRO) – will cushion pastoralists from exploitation.
Speaking during the commissioning of the market, KLMC representative Qalicha Wario said semi-arid areas produce over 70 per cent of the total goats sold across the country.
Mr Warios added that pastoralists would get competitive prices from the new market.
The KLMC official also appealed to the Government to make livestock vaccination in pastoral regions free.
He regretted that residents were incurring huge losses because of livestock disease outbreaks.
He said: “The cost of vaccination has led to widespread livestock diseases such as lumpy skin disease. Most pastoralists with over 500 goats cannot afford to vaccinate all their animals although it costs only Sh20 per animal.”
Wario, however, challenged farmers to join unions to enable them reap maximum benefits from their livestock. The KLMC, he said, is working towards public-private partnership that aims at improving revenue, eradicating poverty and promoting peaceful co-existence among pastoral communities in the region.
Area DC Amos Mariba, who was chief guest at the event, lauded the project and urged locals to utilise the facility.