byLoise Wachira via web
The Mara Training Centre with support from MaMaSe, has developed a program for building the capacity of communities aimed at managing sustainable wildlife and livestock management systems. The objectives of this program is to enable communities to learn new ways of solving problems and adapting to change through environment conservation so that they can have sufficient grass, water and living space for livestock and wildlife while increasing land productivity. It also aim at helping them to develop financially viable livestock enterprises.
On 22nd to 24th August, 2017, Mara Training Centre in collaboration with SNV and other team of consultants trained 14 members of Pardamat Conservancy which has about 850 land owners and sits on 84,000 Acres of land. They were trained on regenerative land management and on developing sustainable livestock systems on livestock husbandry and business management.
Regenerative land management sought to enlighten the trainees on principles of holistic management which included ; key insights to improving the land, how to develop a land plan and a grazing plan and the importance of ecological monitoring and evaluation. To understand how holistic management works, the group also went for a practical field study in the Enonkishu conservancy and learnt about eco-literacy, overgrazing, regenerative grazing and important herding techniques and tools.
Training on sustainable livestock systems, livestock husbandry and business management was meant to help the group to embrace commercial ranching in a sustainable livestock/wildlife integrated system. They were also trained on the economics, importance of quality and improved breeding, livestock health, production, livestock commercialization and business management. The participants were then taken on a field visit to Mara Beef farm and the slaughterhouse facility.
The participants were then given time to discuss and agree on the way forward for their livestock enterprise –with a focus on shifting from pastoralism to more commercial livestock management. They all agreed to set aside over 5,000 acres of land for livestock grazing, and plan to collectively acquire first batch of 200 steers for fattening and selling.