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Friday, 25 Nov 2016 19:31 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
Kitui County Tourism and Natural Resources Ministry has a community outreach programme to establish a conservancy at the Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Cooperative Society Limited. The announcement has been made by the ministry’s chief officer, Khalid A.Mahmud. “The programme will be a 10-year plan (2016-2026) for the benefits of our people,” the officer said, adding that there are many communities that work with the conservancies in Kenya.
Speaking to members of the Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Cooperative Society Limited during their annual general meeting held at the society’s offices at Katoteni, Kwa Vonza Location, the official said the county had plans to establish a game drive within the Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Society. He said that nowadays the Kenya’s safari rally motor races are held in the ranches.
Mr Mahmud announced that a memorandum of understanding between the county and the ranchers was being done to fast-track the process. “Our work is to make the good environment for you to gain something,” said Mr Mahmud, who was accompanied by the county tourism assistant director Hezron Mulatya.
In his speech, the Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Cooperative Society Limited Chairman, Francis Nduu, said that the ranch’s main activity is livestock ranching. “The society’s management committee has grouped the cattle according to their ages,” the cooperator said. “During our last year’s annual general meeting we had 471 cattle and 256 goats. And as per today we have 430 cattle and 166 goats,” he announced. Nduu announced that their society’s share increment in 2014 was Sh20,529,500, while in 2015 was Sh20,842,500. “This shows that the increment was Sh313,000,” he said.
The function was also addressed by the Lower Yatta District Cooperatives Officer Leonard J. Syengo, Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Cooperative Society Limited Treasurer Peter N. Nguli, the society’s Honorary Secretary Geoffrey M. Katavwa and the society’s General Manager Nzilu Kitetu among others.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County