Electric fence worth KES.300 Million erected to curb human-wildlife conflicts
25 June 2016, 07:44
Nairobi - A 160 kilometer electric fence will be erected in Laikipia County to curb cases of human-wildlife conflicts.
The 7,000 voltage fence, which will cost approximately KES.300 million, is funded wildlife stakeholders including British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), Laikipia Nature Conservancy (LNC), Laikipia County Government and the National Government.
Speaking during the fete to launch the construction of the fence at Kinamba area in Laikipia West, Cabinet Secretary for Wildlife, Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judy Wakhungu said the project is meant to resolve the human-elephant conflict in the Northern part of Kenya.
“The residents have for decades continued to count huge losses as a result of invasion by wild animals into their farms leaving a trail of destruction to crops and deaths and injuries to both human and livestock,” said Wakhungu.
She asked residents living close to the fence route to cooperate with the wildlife authorities in management, protection and preservation of the fence.
On his side, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Space for Giants, Dr. Max Graham commended the partners for their contribution in actualizing the fence project, terming it as one of its kind in East Africa.
Governor Joshua Irungu noted that the fence will also help keep off illegal grazers from the neighbouring Baringo and Samburu Counties who invade other people’s farms with impunity.
The project is set to be completed in 2018 and will traverse from Kamwenje, Matwiku, Ol-Moran, Sosian, Rumuruti to Mutara areas, where cases of invasion by wild animals are perennial.
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