The county government of Lamu has launched a county wide livestock vaccination exercise that seeks to protect the animals from famous Foot and Mouth diseases during the impending El nino rains.
The exercise targeting 140,000 livestock will be concentrated in areas with highest risk especially during rains especially Dide Waride, Pangani and Lumshi, Witu and parts of Lake Amu in Mpeketoni.
Lamu county executive for Livestock Grace Mburu confirmed that Sh.2Million would be used to purchase drugs that will be used in the vaccination exercise.
Mburu said said 13 veterinary doctors have already been deployed to ensure all livestock in the county receive the El nino shot.
She added that a group of veterinary officers have for the last several weeks been going round the county and educating livestock farmers on the necessary measures to be taken to protect their herds during El nino.
“We understand that with the El nino rains there will be lots of livestock diseases flying around and so we are taking the necessary measures to ensure we minimize the losses as much as we can. We are especially cautious about the foot and mouth disease. We intend to vaccinate over 140,000 livestock and we are spending Sh.2million to buy the vaccines for the exercise,” said Mburu.
Meanwhile, a total of Sh.30 Million has been set aside for the construction of a modern livestock market at Nagelle,in Witu.
Sh.15 Million had already been awarded this financial year to complete the first phase of the project.
The market is expected to benefit over 10,000 livestock traders and herders in Witu and will enable them get a ready market for their livestock.