Monday, November 19, 2018

DSCN2651The residents of Laikipia have now everything to smile for after the launch of the erection of an electric elephant perimeter fence to solve the menace of human wildlife conflict in the area. Officiating the launch, the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said that the human-wildlife conflict is now a thing of the past and assured the residents that there will be no more crop destruction, property damage and loss of human lives to small holder farmers anymore.

“The human-elephant conflict has been an enormous challenge in Laikipia which is a home of an estimated 6,300 elephants. Crop damage, property destruction and loss of human lives have been the daily occurrence and the only way to address HEC is the erection of the electric fence.” Wakhungu remarked.

The minister said that the government through the support of Space for Giants will rehabilitate 163 Kms of West Laikipia fence to a more appropriate and robust design that will keep farmers and their crops safe.

The CS also added that the electric fence is a demonstration of Kenya’s commitment to the Giants club summit’s inauguration recently by president Uhuru Kenyatta in ensuring people and wildlife live alongside each other for generations to come.

DSC_1024CS said the Laikipia Elephant fence therefore is a creation of a big conservation impact in protecting one of Kenya’s most important elephant population as well as other endangered species.

The fence, cabinet secretary added, will also be an improvement to food security to over 215,000 people as 2 million acres of small holder crops shall be protected.

Governor Joshua Irungu who was also present said that the fence project was meant to make people live in a harmonious way with wild animals adding that the only challenge for the fence was vandalism which He challenged neighboring communities  to protect and maintain.

Present also during the launch of the fence were; Senator G. G Kariuki and Marks, the CEO- Space for Giants.

Photo captions

  1. Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the residents of Laikipia when she launched the Laikipia Elephant fence to protect Human Wildlife conflict on 10th June 2016.
  2. The Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu (middle), Governor Joshua Irungu of Laikipia County (right) and the CEO Space for Giants, during the official launch of the elephant fence project- on 10th June 2016.

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