NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to allocate five
million U.S. dollars for livestock insurance in 14 arid
and semi arid zones in 2018, a senior government
official said on Tuesday.
Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of
Agriculture, told a media briefing in Nairobi that the
funds will be utilized under phase three of the Kenya
Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) that is aimed at
protecting main assets of pastoralists in the event of a
of livestock protection, through the use of insurance,
is expected to stabilize the pastoral livelihood systems
as well as reduce dependency on relief aid,” Kiunjuri
said during the launch of the KLIP payouts for the short
said that under phase two, there are currently 18,000
pastoral households under the insurance cover in eight
counties of Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana
River, Mandera, Garissa and Samburu
He said the
government is implementing the livestock insurance
scheme in line with the objective of improving the
welfare of people living in the Arid and Semi Arid
that private insurance companies have been the carriers
of the drought risk through provision of insurance cover
to the pastoralists for past three years.
said the development of the pastoral areas in Kenya is
at the center of government’s agricultural
National Livestock Policy provides the guiding
frameworks to ensure that the livestock sub-sector makes
its contribution to economic development,” he said.
said that despite the livestock sector’s potential, it
is faced with a number of challenges that hinder the
full realization of its contribution to the economy.
are becoming increasingly common and intense, a factor
that is responsible for the destruction of pastoralists’
assets and livelihoods,” he added.