The Laikipia Desert Locust Resilience Program

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The County Government of Laikipia in collaboration with non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization is aiding local farmers to deal with agricultural crises such as locust pest and disease control. The menace forms a major threat to food crop sustainability and production.

  

The Amaya Triangle Initiative (ATI) Director Virginia Nyaguthii together with the officers from the Department of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries in Laikipia County have been distributing seeds to farmers for planting to cushion them from the invasion and destruction of previous harvests by Locusts and other pests. It is part of boosting the county's agro-reliability amongst citizens of Laikipia county.

  

The agricultural resilience program inculcates mobilization of all available resources to support local farmers in all corners of Laikipia county like Ngenia, Ngobit, Magutu, Nyahururu, Rumuruti with more localities being accommodated in the program. This has been actualized through the supply of different vital farming necessities such as fertilizers, food crop seeds, and kitchen gardening activities.

  

Amaya Triangle brings together Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu, and Isiolo counties, with the aim of adopting a sustainable policy approach towards addressing the common development challenges. These include insecurity, resource conflicts, food insecurity, environmental issues, drought emergencies, natural resource management, and livelihoods among others.

  

The county's Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, numerous efforts have been put into enabling a successful thriving of agricultural facilitation via providing local farmers with adequate agricultural extension services, education, and sensitization.

  

Boosting agricultural production within Laikipia county has been a topical concern and a key mission to promote economic sustainability as well as to increase food security for the citizenry.

  

Part of the resilience program includes efforts to look into human-wildlife conflicts and environmental conservation practices to gear eradication of setbacks brought about by environmental pollution and increased human-wildlife conflict.

  

Cash crop farming, being a key tool for economic development as an agricultural practice, is also being boosted and has seen the rise of gillenium crop grown in various parts of Laikipia North.

  

It is a new, marketable and profitable crop that is not financially or labor-intensive and does not suffer pest or disease infection as well as consumption by domestic and wild animals.said the agricultural extension officers present.

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