By Sofia Ali
County government have been called upon to put stringent measures in the animal vaccination to avoid spread of diseases.
Speaking in Kajiado where he launched the national livestock vaccination program , The minister of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and co-operatives Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said that Vaccination of animals, as with other disease control measures, is a County government function according to the constitution.
He said that These diseases cause significant losses to Kenya’s livestock industry, and are a drain to available resources since control measures have to be instituted by livestock producers as well as both national and county governments to combat the frequent outbreaks that occur.
In His Speech Kenya has substantial animal resources that indisputably contribute substantially to its economy and the wealth, livelihoods as well as food and nutritional security of livestock keepers.
The CS indicated that the country has developed strategies to control these diseases and the strategies call for specific measures to be undertaken by stakeholders to control and eventually eradicate diseases that threaten the livestock population.
He called on the county government to put into place these measures that includes strict movement controls, instituting proper farm biosecurity and regular vaccinations of farm animals. Since the diseases do not respect international borders, regional cooperation among neighboring countries is also crucial to prevent spread from one country to another. “This collaboration is anchored in a number of cross-border Memoranda of Understanding which Kenya has signed with its neighbors to harmonize animal disease surveillance and control activities.” Said Munya
He further called on the county government to put more funding in the fight of these diseases in order to achieve a successful disease control. “I call upon county governments to put more funds towards controlling animal diseases. Let today be the start of a focused, coordinated approach by all county governments aimed at getting rid of this major drawback to livestock production in Kenya.” He said.