The County government has launched vaccination against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and Foot and Mouth Diseases (FMD) targeting 50,000 dairy animals.
Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi said vaccination kicked off in Ol’joro-Orok sub-county last Wednesday and the exercise will continue in the next two weeks. He appealed to farmers to avail their animals at the nearest cattle dip in their localities.
The Governor was speaking at Raitha and Wandani cattle dips in Gathaara and Engineer town wards when he launched the exercise in Kinangop sub-county.
“I appeal to farmers to urgently avail their animals for two vaccines whose total cost of Sh100 per animal, “said the Governor.
Saying that Nyandarua was renowned for production of milk and potatoes, the Governor urged farmers to take care of their animals for them to realize high milk production.
He said the county government will next month launch mobile Artificial Insemination (AI) services in all the 25 wards adding that officers who will provide the service have already been hired.
“We shall provide you with telephone numbers of these officers in every ward so you may contact them whenever your cow is in need of AI services,” the Governor said.
Agriculture County Executive Committee Member, Hon. Mrs. Agatha Thuo who accompanied the Governor, said her department targeted 50,000 dairy cattle across the county. She said the on-going vaccination campaign will also target cats and dogs against rabbies
Mrs. Thuo said cases of LSD and FMD have already been reported in Ol’joro-Orok and Kinangop sub-counties, hence the urgency in launching the vaccination programme.
“LSD and FMD are viral diseases that are easily spread especially after the el-nino rains and must be tackled to stop it from spreading,” said Mrs. Thuo.
Also present was area MCA Hon. Daniel Kibebo.