Over 200,000 head of cattle to be vaccinated in Makueni
Over 200,000 heads of cattle will be vaccinated against various diseases that may have been occasioned by the recent heavy rains that pounded Makueni County.
Area governor, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana made the remarks on Tuesday, when he commissioned a 4 day vaccination campaign at Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) offices at Kiboko in Makindu sub County.
Kibwana disclosed that the campaign will be carried jointly with the World Animal Protection, University of Nairobi (UoN) and the local livestock office.
“The volunteers and county staff will vaccinate livestock against diseases, including foot and mouth, pneumonia, lumpy skin and orchitis. We expect farmers to bring their animals to designated places to make the exercise a success,” he said.
The governor lauded the World Animal Protection, saying they had partnered with the county earlier in vaccinating dogs with a view to eradicating rabies in the county.
He said that they were also working closely with the UoN to develop dry land agricultural Research and training at Kibwezi where the University owns 10,000 acres of land.
On his part, the UoN Veterinary Medicine Lecturer, Prof. Henry Mutembei said that the campaign will be steered by a team of 75 volunteers from his Department who will work closely with officers from the county government.
Mutembei disclosed that the team is the first batch in Africa to be trained in animal disaster response, adding that they will capacity build the county’s livestock staff in handling emergences.
“As pioneers in managing animal disasters, we will empower county staff, who will in turn induct farmers in handling emergencies whenever they occur,” added the veterinary lecturer.
In the campaign, the World Animal Protection has provided several vaccines including fowl box, Newcastle and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia among others.
By Patrick Nyakundi