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