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Pastoralist communities in drought-stricken areas have been challenged to embrace alternative livelihoods to increase pastoralism.

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Laikipia Regional Pastoralist Sustainability Coordinator Laikipia Coordinator Gilbert Mboroki told the community not to rely too much on pastoralism but to engage in other income-generating activities.

Mboroki spoke while distributing beehives to a group of pastoralist communities in Ing’wesi, Mukogondo, Laikipia North.

He said pastoralists suffer losses during the dry season due to lack of pasture and water.

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Mboroki said beekeeping will provide alternative livelihoods to the people as it will bring more income to the family.

“After training them for a year and a half on alternative life support, they have come to believe they can embrace beekeeping and make money,” he said.

Mboroki said he hoped they would also process the honey and improve it on the market.

Benson Kataka, pastoralist and chairman of the group welcomed the initiative saying it would go a long way in strengthening the family’s sustainability.

Teresiah Karamshu also urged women to join the initiative saying it would set them free.

Mboroki was accompanied by Laikipia Livestock Director Pius Butichi who promised residents that he would help them sell and sell their honey products.

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