By Nep Journal Correspondent:
The County Government of Garissa today kicked off county-wide campaign to vaccinate livestock.
The County Department of Veterinary Services will carry out the exercise in collaboration with USAID – AVCD LC Project implemented by ILRI, FAO and local Private Agro-vets.
The exercise is meant to improve disease surveillance as regards to early warning of diseases and their timely response in order to minimize losses of the pastoral economy; improve productivity and enhanced livestock marketing.
It is also aimed at controlling the spread of reported Peste des Petits Ruminant (PPR) disease cases and hence safeguard and maintain the livelihood of the pastoralist communities.
Additionally, the intervention is meant to improve the productivity of the small stock and enhance market access as healthy animals fetch better prices and hence improve the purchasing power of the pastoralists.
As part of the campaign, Livestock Extension Officers will be providing grassroots extension services and engaging with the pastoralists on various topics including, various livestock syndromic disease recognition and their control methods.
A target of 120,000 goats and sheep are expected to be vaccinated in Fafi and Ijara sub counties of Garissa County in the next two weeks against PPR Disease.
The function was graced by the County CEC for livestock Hajir Dahiye.