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Kenya to allocate 5 mln USD for live-
stock insurance in arid zones in 2018 

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.

Mwangi 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 drought occurring.

“This form 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 rains.

Kiunjuri 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 Lands.

He noted that private insurance companies have been the carriers of the drought risk through provision of insurance cover to the pastoralists for past three years.

Kiunjuri said the development of the pastoral areas in Kenya is at the center of government’s agricultural transformation development.

“The National Livestock Policy provides the guiding frameworks to ensure that the livestock sub-sector makes its contribution to economic development,” he said.

Kiunjuri 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.

“Droughts are becoming increasingly common and intense, a factor that is responsible for the destruction of pastoralists’ assets and livelihoods,” he added.

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