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Farmers urged to present livestock

The  Meru  County government has launched a Livestock  Vaccination Programme  against  Anthrax, Foot  and Mouth Disease to cover all sub-counties.

Speaking  to the media, the CEC, Caroline  Mutiga appealed to farmers to cooperate and support the vaccination teams through presenting animals at vaccination centres, saying no animal should be left out.

Mutiga  said the programme was expected to vaccinate about 5,000 animals per day with the exercise starting from Igembe sub-counties where farmers had already reported symptoms of the diseases.

She  said the programme was designed to cover all domestic animals, including dogs and cats adding that some people were in dispute that dogs and cats need to be vaccinated.

The  county executive said the mass vaccination programme  was geared towards taking care of all animals, including  those whose owners were not financially able to cater for the high cost of treatment charged by private practitioners going round in the villages.

Mutiga  appealed to the chiefs and their assistants to mobilize farmers to benefit from the programme to enhance livestock  health and production.

Meanwhile, farmers in the county have continued to commend the county government for supplying high quality avocado and macadamia seedlings at no cost.

The  farmer, Gerald Murungi said farmers were ready to take up new farming methods and initiatives to increase earning for improved livelihoods and by extension contribute towards county socio-economic growth.

By  Makaa Margaret

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