|The Opuntia Cactus Meets Its Match
Opuntia species have been present in Laikipia for over 50 years. These species were initially introduced for ornamental and live fencing purposes. However, over the past 15 years, some of these species have spread and become aggressively invasive, covering hundreds of acres of land .
To control the plant species, the Laikipia County government mobilized stakeholders who had previously been involved in control and eradication of Opuntia, to begin addressing this menace.
At a meeting held on May 22, 2018 at Twala Cultural Manyatta , representatives from 10 group ranches in Naibunga, Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Groots Kenya, Borana Conservancy, ICRAF, Mpala Research Centre,Laikipia Perma-Culture, Northern Rangerlands TrustRegional Centre for Mapping and Remote Sensing, Laikipia County Government, and Ol Jogi Conservancy met to discuss effective ways of controlling the spread of the invasive species.
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