North Rift counties push for joint livestock vaccination.

North Rift counties are pushing for a joint livestock vaccination to curb outbreak of diseases and ensure the animals are healthy and meet the demands of buyers.

Uasin Gishu livestock chief officer, Dr Victoria Tarus, said that they are working on harmonised vaccination fees and common livestock vaccination certificates that are acceptable in all the counties to tackle diseases such as foot and mouth and lumpy skin diseases.

“We have realised that if one county vaccinates and others don’t, then it becomes difficult to control these diseases due to inter-county trade. We also want to increase the vaccination rate from the current 50 per cent to 80 per cent as recommended by the Kenya Veterinary Board,” added Dr Tarus, who chaired a meeting with other livestock officials from various devolved units.

She observed that they are keen to attain free disease zone status in the North Rift Economic bloc. The bloc, formed in 2015, brings together eight counties — Uasin Gishu, West Pokot, Baringo, Turkana, Samburu, Nandi, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Trans Nzoia.

“We have not been able to access the export market due to these diseases. We will be able to do so when the region has been declared disease-free,” noted county official.

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