Marakwet East residents have threatened to kill 30 elephants if Kenya Wildlife Service doesn't stop the animals from destroying their crops. The locals said the jumbos from Rimoi Game Reserve have destroyed crops worth millions of shillings since March this year. Kennedy Kipkore said the elephants have destroyed their paw paws, mangoes, tomatoes, cassava, watermelon, French beans, and Green grams.
"We are asking KWS to drive away the elephants or we will be forced to hunt them. We will no longer sit down and watch the elephants destroy our crops." Kipkore said said farmers in the area are counting losses after spending money to purchase seeds and to cultivate their farms. "Farming is our livelihood. So, we will be forced to protect our crops by all means. We have used resources to till our farms and can't allow the destruction to go on."
Moses Ngele, another farmer, said the elephants ate up his 200 bags of mangoes and destroyed 19 mature trees. He said the jumbos also destroyed two acres of tomatoes in his farm. "We had experienced insecurity for the last two years. We are now experiencing massive crop destruction at a time when peace has been restored," Ngele said. He asked KWS officers to visit their farms and assess the level of destruction.
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