Farmers in Kwale County whose food crops were recently destroyed by herds of stray elephants will receive state compensations.
For most farmers in the region the planting season is a nightmare due to marauding elephants.
For the past months, herds of stray elephants from Tsavo East National Park have been descending on farms in Kinango Sub County and destroying crops.
A local MCA Chirema Kombo from Chengoni/Samburu Ward said the situation is getting out of hand as residents lived in fear of the stray jumbos and warned that the human-elephant conflict will lead to food insecurity in the area.
The MCA called on the government to control the invasion of farms by elephants from forest reserves.
On his part Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said the farmers would receive food donations from the national government.
He said maize, beans, rice and cooking oil would be given to the affected families through the office of the local county commissioner.
“We don’t want a situation where families go without food due to human-wildlife conflict and we expect to issue food rations as soon as possible” he said when he toured the affected villages.
The RC said he received increasing reports of wildlife straying into human settlements endangering the lives of the people adding that two weeks ago a child was mauled by a lion.
Kenya Wildlife Service Assistant director Coast conservancy Arthur Tudor said drought pressure was pushing the marauding elephants into human habitats.
The conservationist says the problem is being exacerbated by people settling on animal migratory routes.
He said KWS will recruit local youth as scouts to help them control the animals and warned the locals not to kill the animals.