Laikipia County is one of the 14 counties within the Rift Valley region and one of the 47 counties in the Republic of Kenya.Â It borders Samburu County to the North, Isiolo County to the North East, Meru County to the East, Nyeri County to the South East, Nyandarua County and Nakuru County to the South West and Baringo County to the West.Â It lies between latitudes 0o 18â€ and 0 o 51â€ North and between longitude 36o 11â€ and 37o 24â€™ East.
Livestock production is dominant in the Northern parts of the county. According to the 2009 population and housing census report on livestock, there were 189,685 heads of cattle in the county and 623,648 sheep and goats. Others include poultry, camels, donkeys, rabbits and bees. Livestock infrastructure is supported by 50 holding grounds, stock routes and out spans, two public and three private abattoirs, five auction yards and 33 slaughter slabs.Â The main livestock products include beef, mutton, milk, eggs, and pork among others.
During the financial year 2015/2016, various capital investments were proposed for RPLRP Samburu County. These were:
- 1 Water PanÂ in Ntumodet, Sosian Ward
- 1 Livestock market in Mowuarak, Laikipia North
- 1 Hayshed in Matanya, Laikipia East
- 2 shallow wells, Ntumodet.
- Reseeding at Kijabe Group Ranch, Mukogodo East
- Seed bulking at Nadungoro, Mukogodo West
JUSTIFICATION FOR THE INVESTMENTS
Water scarcity is a major challenge in Laikipia North Pastoral region where predominantly livestock rearing is the backbone of the economy. This area is one of the most active corridors of livestock enroute to pastures and terminal markets. Due to this conflicts have become endemic between both pastoral and non pastoral communities. Pursuant to this therefore, communities have been endeavouring to keep peace through dialogue. Coupled with Government efforts through dialogues in community led process investments such as Water pan at Ntumodet, Livestock Market at Mowuarak among other investments in Laikipia County have been identified as key to ensuring peace as well as increasing livelihood security.Â Mowuarak livestock market will be a major contributor to peace as more than 5 ethnic groups converge here every week. The hay shed in Matanya is expected to provide enough hay for local consumption as well as greatly benefit the pastoralist communities during the dry spell.