Wild animals destroy crops worth millions in Naivasha


Wild animals destroy crops worth millions in Naivasha

Farmers in Mirera area of Naivasha are counting losses after wild animals invaded their farms destroying crops worth millions of shillings.

The animals, that are straying from the nearby Longonot National Park, have invaded the area paralysing agricultural activities while other residents are living in fear of further invasion.

The residents, who held protests in the Rift Valley area, said they have gone for two seasons without harvesting as a result of the grazers invasion of their farms.

The farmers said they spend sleepless nights trying to secure their farms.

“We have buffaloes, giraffes and zebras from the park. They destroy our crops every day.”

The majority of the farmers were former 2007/08 post election violence victims from Mai Mahiu camps and have been farming since they were evicted from their homes during the clashes.

They noted that efforts to get help from the Kenya Wildlife Service have yielded no fruits.

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