The County Government undertook its first Public Auction project at Labot Farm in lelan Ward. The farm is a livestock improvement centre is mandated to produce breeding sheep for wool sheep farmers in the larger Elgeyo Marakwet. This is envisaged to help improve sheep breeding.
The farm raises corriedale breed of wool sheep and mutton sheep. They are a dual breed sheep for wool and fat lamb production. Farmers got a chance to select the sheep of their choice depending on their tastes and preferences. These Sheep farmers will then derive their income from the sales of the lambs and wool and related products that includes Milk.
The Auction brought together farmers across the ward and neighbouring areas towards the purchase of the high value sheep breed. The prices of the sheep varied depending on the weight of one and the sex.
The Governor appreciated the efforts made by the farmers, inspite of the challenges like the Covid-19 that brought about volatile markets and high costs.
“Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, it has forced consumers to think about our food chain differently. We shall continue seeking for partners to make the farm an ideal model and a training ground for agricultural experts,” He said.
Present during the auction was the CEC in charge of Livestock, Co-operatives and Fisheries Dr. Kiyeng who stated that farmers engaging in the improved sheep farming will benefit twice from the sale of wool and sheep.
Also in the function were Chief Officer Dr. Benson Kibore, MCAs to the committee administering Livestock, among others.