Kenya and Uganda governments are holding joint free livestock vaccination along the border to help control spread of Contagious Bovine Pleura Pneumonia (CBPP) targeting 300,000 animals.
Subsequently, Kenya has donated 64,000 vaccine doses of the drugs, while the neighbouring country has donated 15,000 to help curb spread of the disease which has no cure but could be controlled through vaccination.
Speaking on Thursday at Karita in Amdat District in Uganda, West Pokot County Governor, Prof. John Lonyangapuo said over 60,000 animals had been vaccinated against the disease in the two countries since launching of exercise one week ago.
Lonyangapuo said the county government would collaborate with national government to ensure the vaccines were added to over 100, 000 doses to ensure all animals were vaccinated, as the available dose was not enough to meet their target.
He added that the exercise would help to improve livestock productivity and enhance its marketability.
We want to ensure that all the targeted animals are covered, without locking out any animal, since we are targeting international markets for our products, he said.
The governor said the only way to boost the economy along the border was by making the region disease free through vaccination, since most of residents were pastoralists.
Lonyangapuo asked other neighbouring countries to open up their borders and encourage free movement of people to help boost the economy.
Security has been beefed up along the border and there is free movement. This has encouraged us to stay in peace, he said.
The governor further called upon all livestock farmers to avail their animals at the designated cattle dips for vaccination.
The Amdat governor, Francis Kiyonga said 90% of the population along the border depended on livestock as a source of livehood, saying there was need to see to it that any animal disease was eradicated.
We need to manage these diseases together since our animals graze together. We don’t want any country to be blocked from accessing the market because of diseases. We sell over 1,000 animals per week in Nairobi, said Kiyonga.
The governor also asked the Uganda government to give priority to livestock farming since it was among the major source of income to the people living in the lower Eastern part of the country.
The Kacheliba MP, Mark Lomunokol thanked the two countries for having a cordial relationship that has allowed their currencies to be used along the border.
Buyers who come from the two countries have been allowed to buy animals using currencies from the two countries. We will continue encouraging cross border trading, he said.
The legislator also thanked the Ugandan government for allowing animals from his drought ravaged constituency to graze in the country during their worst moments.
The current drought situation in the country has not affected our animals since Ugandan administration has allowed us to graze there, he said.
The Resident Amdat District Commissioner, David Lokwang thanked the two countries for pulling resources together with a view to preventing further spread of the disease.
The regions that will benefit from the exercise include Chepsukunya, Abong’oi, Karita, Kiriki, Asiokanion, Lokales and Ng’orina.
Source: Kenya News Agency