The Ksh. 3.8 Million worth veterinary laboratory equipment procured by the states department-Ministry of Agriculture,Livestock and Fisheries through Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme project has been handed over to the County government of Marsabit.
According to the National Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Kisia Juma who on Thursday presented vet equipments to the Marsabit county government under the leadership of H.E the governor Ambassador Ukur Yatani at the county HeadQuarters in Marsabit, said that although livestock is a major contributor to food and nutrition security in the county, livestock losses/deaths are still high and also livestock_human diseases such as Brucellosis are too on increase. He said this could be attributed to partly to declining veterinary laboratory services in the country.
Dr. Juma said that, to end the prevailing problem, DRSLP project is now equipping veterinary laboratories in the project area with the noble aim of lowering livestock mortalities and general losses of income due to poor livestock body conditions.
Dr. Kisia added that Vet_Laboratory services are quite important in the livestock value chains and that is why the government is facilitating functionalities of Vet laboratories through DRSLP.
The national veterinary director who urged the county to make good use of the equipments given so as to reduce the incidences of diseases in the livestock, noted that county labs have inadequate staff and thus urged the county government to provide qualified staff now that the project has provided equipments.
The DRSLP is a project being piloted in Six counties namely; Baringo,West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu,Isiolo and Marsabit.
Marsabit governor, Ambassador Ukur Yatani as he received the veterinary equipments said, the county has the highest number of small stocks like goats and sheep, and thus county’s economy largely dependent on livestock hence the heart of its business and general livelihoods.
Ambassador Yatani asserted that, in a bid to market livestock and its products, his administration values healthy livestock and its products and that’s why his government must embrace partnership with national government and development partners to ensure livestock health/its products not at stake.
The county boss revealed that his leadership is determined to establish veterinary units along borders towns of Sololo,Forole,Dabel,Shuur among other areas.