Star (Kenya)

Roaming elephants destroy our crops as KWS does nothing — Samburu farmers

Elephants walk in front of cows belonging to Samburu cattle herder tribesmen, who destroyed the fence and entered Mugie Conservancy and chased elephants away from drinking water, in Kenya February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Elephants walk in front of cows belonging to Samburu cattle herder tribesmen, who destroyed the fence and entered Mugie Conservancy and chased elephants away from drinking water, in Kenya February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Samburu Central farmers yesterday urged the Kenya Wildlife Service to confine roaming elephants to the parks so they do not destroy their crops.

They said the elephants will ruin a bumper harvest and KWS is to blame. The farmers said KWS has done nothing to stop wild animals from raiding their farms at night.

Men have to spend sleepless nights on their farms to guard their crops against invasion.

“We suffer. Our sons and husbands sleep outside to guard crops. They also endanger their lives,” Agnes Lenti said.

She said the elephants destroy two acres of maize within a short time.

“We light fires at the edge of the farms and it is only men who can scare them away. Sometimes the whole village has to wake up to scare them away.”