13 February 2012

Kenya: Tana River Pastoralists Want State to Buy Their Livestock

Tana River pastoralists are appealing to the government to buy cattle from them during dry seasons. Pastoralist's representative in Tana River county Ismail Dahir said the Orma and Wardei have been neglected. He said when disaster arises the government does not compensate them like farmers from other arid areas.

Speaking to the Star, Dahir said they pay taxes to the council but they have never benefited from it. "Many of my friends and relatives have lost their flock as result of drought but we are not compensated and we are paying tax. We feel neglected." "I had 70 head of cattle in 2009. When the drought persisted, 35 perished.

I wish the government would give us back up," he said. He called on the government to buy cattle, goats and sheep from them during the dry season, instead of the livestock perishing without any benefits. "They should buy a cow for a cheaper price of Sh30,000 so that we can continue this business after the dry season is over," he said.

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