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Shirikisho Party of Kenya, P.O. Box 84648-
Livestock and Pastoralism
Livestock is an important sector in the lives of many Kenyans. However, the country has no clear policy on its promotion and management. It has been left to private individuals and companies to dominate the sector at the expense of small scale livestock keepers and pastoralist communities. The government has done very little to train the small scale livestock farmers in modern livestock keeping practices and technology. These small scale livestock farmers continue to practice traditional methods making it very difficult for them to effectively compete with the wealthy individuals and or companies.
The government has also failed to provide adequate veterinary services in order to improve the health of the livestock of these farmers. It has also ignored to improve the environmental conditions in the pastoralist areas perpetuating the problem of grazing fields and water that in most cases lead to armed conflicts between different pastoralist communities and agricultural communities. The culture of cattle rustling has further escalated these conflicts between local pastoralist communities themselves and between local pastoralist communities and those in the neighboring countries.
Further the government has not done enough to improve the infrastructure in livestock areas which is vital for the development and growth of this sector. It has failed to create market for livestock and livestock related products. The problem has been compounded by the adoption of unchecked liberalization of the market and privatization of essential services. It appears therefore the successive government have lacked the political will to revitalize this sector and continues to marginalize the communities that depend on this sector for their survival.
Shirikisho envisions a well developed livestock sector that guarantees self-
1. Create and enabling policy and legal environment for purposes of the promotion and the management for this vital sector.
2. Form or agitate for the formation of a Livestock Authority for purposes of the promotion and the management for this vital sector.
3. Provide adequate financial recourses for the institution and or betterment of the livestock infrastructure and for a capital borrowing scheme for the livestock farmers and pastoralist.
4. Emphasis on research and training of government officers and livestock farmers/pastoralist
for purposes of better management of the environment and the eco-
5. Facilitate diplomatic solution to the Inter-
6. Devolve the management of livestock farming to the regions.