President Kenyatta will today, December 4 inaugurate a livestock show and auction in Narok County. The show taking place at the county’s stadium will feature the county’s vast potential in livestock production as well as initiate the introduction of high breed cattle through artificial insemination (AI).
In addition, the show will entail demonstrations to educate farmers on how to improve the livestock economy.
Speaking during a local television programme, “CitizenTownHall”, Narok Governor, Hon. Samuel Tunai said, “We want to create a market for our farmers through hosting the livestock auction as well as create awareness of artificial insemination, which is vital to the livestock sector.”
“As a county, we want to create an environment where business can thrive for locals first but also involve big investors in some instances,” added Tunai.
The livestock auction is likely to gain prominence because the county has a large herd of livestock.
According to the governor, Narok County has purchased bulls, which will be distributed to various wards to enable farmers to upgrade their livestock for either beef or dairy production.
Addressing the place of women in the livestock economy, one of the panelists from the Kenya Meat Commission observed that the thriving investment in the livestock economy would not be complete if the woman is not involved. They play a key role in decision making as well as labour provision, especially in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) areas.
In the month of April, Nakuru County held its livestock auction at Banita and the proceeds were of great benefit to the farmers.