A new breed of cattle introduced in West Pokot County since early this year could change the fortunes of the county’s residents. Sahiwal bulls and Galla buck goats are said to be strong and high-yielding.
For many years, the residents of West Pokot County have been stuck on local breeds which are not competitive enough in the market, a situation that Governor Prof. John Lonyang’apuo’s administration intends to change.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo has embarked on a program designed to improve local breeds across the county. The program has already been rolled out in most parts of the county.
Speaking during the rolling out of the program at Kishaunet grounds, the county boss said that his administration is keen on ensuring that the promise made to a multitude of people gathered during his inauguration is fulfilled through such programs.
“We made a promise to our people at this same ground last year. That promise was to transform our county in every sector and we realize livestock is the backbone of our economy. This program is one of our game plan,” said Prof. Lonyang’apuo.
Prof. Lonyanga’puo however advised the locals to ensure that each homestead benefits from the new breeds.
“Our goal is to improve our breeds across the county. These breeds should benefit all of us, so that at the end of the day, our production improves.” He said.
The County Assembly Speaker Catherine Mukenyang weighed in on the governor’s sentiments saying that West Pokot County is headed towards the right direction.
“Our mandate is to provide oversight and I can tell you today that we’re in the right track towards the achievements of our goals as a county. “Said the speaker.
County Secretary Dr. Mike Parklea urged the locals to enrol the youth in institutions such as Kenya Meat Training Institute so that they can gain skills that will benefit them in the next two years when the county would have established industries.
This comes at a time when the county is getting set to ensure completion of the Nasukuta Abattoir which will hopefully see West Pokot County be among the largest exporters of meat in East Africa and beyond.
CECM Geoffrey Lipale- Pastoral Economy, Agriculture and Irrigation said that the county is in the process of speeding up the value chain development by increasing the number of new breeds in the county.
15 sahiwal bulls and 60 Galla Buck he-goats were distributed to Lower Mnagei and another 15 bulls and 50 goats to Lower Kapenguria at Kishaunet Showground.
Later at Kitalakapel, 30 sahiwal bulls and 100 Galla Buck he-goats were distributed to Upper Riwo while Lower Riwo received 20 bulls and 100 goats.
Present during the exercise were CECM Augustine Monges- Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Chief Officer Samson Nyang’aluk among other officials.