Livestock prices in Isiolo halve on drought fears

Monday February 29 2016

Police drive away animals from a community in Isiolo returning them from where they had been stolen on February 19, 2016. PHOTO | JEBET 

By VIVIAN JEBET
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Livestock prices in Isiolo County have dropped by half as farmers rush to sell due to fears of an impending drought.

The Isiolo County Steering Group (CSG) chairman Lordman Lekalkuli said, most livestock keepers have opted to sell their animals for fear of impending drought.

Mr Lekalkuli said for the last three years, the price of a cow was Sh30,000 but it has reduced to Sh15,000 while a goat goes for Sh4,000 instead of Sh8,000.

He added that lack of enough buyers in Isiolo and the existence of many livestock markets had also reduced prices in the market.

The county depends on buyers from Nairobi, Meru, Nanyuki and Karatina.