Kajiado County is primarily pastoralist rangeland, but the dire need to sustain food security has necessitated a focus on both agricultural farming and livestock rearing.
Statistics show that there is a shortage of 4.5 million Kilograms of meat in Kenya, which indicated that beef production remains key economic opportunity for exploitation.
A sharp rise in rapidly growing urban centers in Kajiado has created an increasing demand for food, making both crop and meat production critical areas of focus for the county Government.
At the onset of devolution in 2013, the county assembly Kajiado adopted resolutions on a policy to guide produce weight and measures e.g. onions should be sold on a standard weight of 14kg per cask, while onions are sold depending on their market destination-24kg per crate for Mombasa and 64kg per crate for Nairobi.
This policy protects farmers from exploitation, increases county revenue and raises income for youth who pack and transport the produce.
Modern slaughter House.
In support of livestock rearing, the county Government has constructed a modern slaughterhouse at Imbirikani, a leather tannery at Isinya and built several livestock sale yards in areas such as Torosei,Shompole.Imbirikani and Saikeri.
Those at Emali,Kimana,Rombo,Mile 46 and Ilbissil are being rehabilitated. Twenty (20) more yards will be constructed in the next financial year at a cost of 20 million.
17 vaccination crushes have been constructed to aid in diseases surveillance and control with 74 diseases programs successfully conducted in the last 5 years, this translated to1.4 million cattle and 2.3 million smaller livestock being vaccinated over a range of common diseases.
The livestock department in its statement published today at the daily nation devolution issue said that to mitigate drought the county government of Kajiado will on massive production of hay, setting aside more than 10000 acres for hay production.
The initiative will incorporate individual livestock owners to build their capacity to produce own hay.
The hay production project will further be boosted by more than 400 water pans the county government will construct in a new partnership with National Irrigation Board in the coming financial year. The pans will help irrigate designated hay production zones and increase water access.
Moses Ole Narok, Kajiado County CEC Agriculture and Livestock.