Hundreds of farmers turned up for a free livestock health clinic conducted at Tsangatsini in Kilifi County.
The clinic which was conducted over the weekend by the Kilifi County Government in collaboration with KCB Foundation and Kenya Veterinary Association saw over 2,000 livestock vaccinated, de-wormed and treated for minor ailments in a bid to end regular outbreaks of livestock diseases in the county.
KCB foundation manager Rachael Gathoni said the program is aimed at empowering farmers to utilize the growing demand for animal products.
“We know that you cannot get individual loans from banks because you live in group ranches and you do not have title deeds. It’s paramount that all livestock farmers join farmers cooperatives so that you can get loans from banks to facilitate your activities,” advised Gathoni.
During the launch, the Tsangatsini cattle dip was re-opened after it was abandoned 25 years ago.
Kilifi County executive member for Agriculture Livestock Fisheries, Mwalimu Menza, praised the initiative and asked the livestock farmers in the region to take advantage of the free livestock health clinics to improve their animals’ health and productivity.
“The county has stocked vaccines in all sub counties as a precaution on the expected El nino rains that might result to disease outbreak,” said Menza.
“The initiative is part of the Mifugo ni Mali livestock project, which the KCB Foundation and my department have been implementing to empower farmers from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) reap maximum returns from their produce.”
Kilifi county government contributed Ksh40 million while KCB gave Ksh30 million for the implementation of the project.
The KCB Foundation livestock programme Mifugo ni Mali was launched last year to address challenges faced by the livestock farmers in rural communities in Kenya.