Livestock off-take program kicks off in Baringo

Livestock off-take program kicks off in Baringo
Livestock off-take program, a boost to Marigat residents

The national government, in partnership with the County Government of Baringo, has developed a program to buy and slaughter emaciated cows in Marigat area and distribute the meat to residents who risk starvation following months of drought.

Agricultural officials, together with local administrators, on Monday, March 13 visited the Ilng’arua locations in Baringo South bought and slaughtered at least 19 cows in the Ilng’arua and Longewan villages.

David ole Soite, a Baringo resident, said the move by the government was timely and a significant step towards addressing the ongoing drought.

“This is a drought season, no grass, no water. The government has done a great job because we were selling our animals at Ksh 3,000,” said Mr Soite.

“Nowadays, there is no milk and vegetables but now, everyone has meat.”

On the other hand, the residents applauded the government saying that it is a big reprieve for them since they rely on their livestock to boost their economies.

Written by Ronald Kibet

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