A three month livestock cross-border project that will benefit residents of Loima and Turkana West sub-counties has officially been launched today in Lodwar.
The project funded by Canadian government through United Nation Food & Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) “Building Households Resilience through Early Action and protecting livestock Assets” targets to improve resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises, through intervention and implementation of drought response by County’s Livestock Production and Veterinary Services departments.
Speaking during the Launch, Chief officer for Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services Dr. Michael Eregae welcomed development partners support on livestock response, and expressed a commitment to continue addressing pastoralists’ issues through close coordination on feeds distribution and diseases control.
Dr. Eregae revealed that the County Government in partnership with Livestock Market System (a program under USAID) plans to establish market days in Lokichar, Lodwar and Kakuma to avail ready markets which and provide economic value of Livestock products to thousands of herders in the County. He called on development partners to support the implementation of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) to avoid duplication of projects.
The Chief Officer said that the County Veterinary department had bought mobile Crush (locally known as Akoroth) in the last financial year and plans to procure more to help in treatment of Livestock in the County.
Over 1374 households in Loima and Turkana West are set to benefit from the distribution of 330 tonnes of Livestock range cubes while another group totaling 18000 households will benefit from deworming and vector control exercise that will cover 782,100 small stock,36,000 cattle and 1200 camels.
Head of FAO in Turkana, Dan Irura affirmed that the organization will continue collaborating with the County Government in its effort to achieve food security through funds support on resilience projects.
The project which will be implemented by VSF Germany from this Month to December is also being done in West Pokot County and parts of Uganda.
Also present were MCA’s Joseph Nyanga (Kalobeyei) and Elim Epuu(Letea), several county government officers and a host of Livestock stakeholders from Non-governmental organizations.