Pastrolists in Transmara County are embracing diversity and adapting drought resistance crops for food and fodder for the animals. The shift to agriculture is attributed to the harsh climatic conditions that have forced farmers in Transmara to reduce the number of animals so as to grow traditional foods such as sweet potatoes.
Leonard Leina, 25, is now thinking of shifting from pastoralism to dairy farming. Currently Leina is growing fodder in part of his 10 acres of land that he inherited from his father.
” I take care of fodder crops and besides the little that I sell, my two indigenous cows do not eat much of it so I feel I am not utilizing it properly,” said the young beneficiary of the Agricultural Productivity and Climate Change in Arid and Semi-arid lands supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in partnership with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Kisii.
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