Farmers to benefit from free drugs

Turkana County giving free drugs to livestock farmers

More than 300 livestock keepers in Turkana West Sub-County will benefit from livestock drugs worth Kshs. 1,882,500 million from Welthungerhilfe (WHH) Organization.

Welthungerhilfe through funds support from GIZ has been implementing a project to mitigate COVID-19 effects in Turkana West running from September 2020 to April 2021.

The project focused on different sectors of economy including Agriculture, livestock, nutrition, water and income generation.

Speaking at Nakururum area of Songot Ward, the County Director for Veterinary Services Benson Longor lauded the organization for the drugs donation that he said will complement the county government’s effort to enhance livestock health through targeted vaccination and treatment programs.

He said there were plans to scale up disease control and outbreaks through Community Disease Reporters and the E~Surveillance System that he said had significantly reduced cases of livestock deaths compared to the past ,where mass vaccination and treatment methods were being used.

Dr.Longor said that the County Veterinary Officers will coordinate the exercise where livestock health extension services targeting endemic diseases such as Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia,worms and Mange will be be focused on.

Welthungerhilfe Head of Lodwar field office Benedict Mailu said most of the activities under the COVID-19 support program, have been implemented including distribution of seeds, tools, livestock feeds supplements, cash vouchers for food, starter kits for SMEs as well as cash for work for rehabilitation of farm lands.

WHH has arranged for Agrovets to take the drugs to the beneficiaries for easy access.

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