Kakuma, 4th September.

County Veterinary officers are currently training 24 members of Naremieto Community Based Natural Resource Committee Self Help Group at Songot ward in Turkana West Sub-County on basic animal health care to equip them with knowledge  livestock diseases reporting and treatment.

County Executive for Agriculture,Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun today officially  opened the week long training on field livestock diseases in pastoral areas based on ruminant that has been organised by County Veterinary Services directorate and GIZ.

In his remarks, CEC Aemun said that training of more community members on Participatory Disease Surveillance(PDS) and establishment of a drug stores on critical migratory routes would strengthen response towards livestock diseases outbreak to avert deaths.

While urging herders to invest on livestock trade that he said was a viable economic venture, CEC Aemun added that the Pastoral Economy department would integrate indigenous and modern knowledge  increase productivity and profitability products to benefit herders.

He acknowledged that the E-surveillance system had contributed enormously in  containment  of the disease outbreak among the camels that had been reported a few weeks ago where more than 15,000 camels were vaccinated against haemmoragic septicaemia and trypanosomiasis.

CEC Aemun urged them  to regularly contact the veterinary officers on livestock diseases and assured that the County Government Livestock Production department will train them on mass pasture production as well as market linkage to be able to sell their products.

County Veterinary Services Director Benson Longor stated that the directorate was planning to recruit and train more Community Disease Reporters(CDR’S) for effective diseases reporting and also establish a Cold Chain Store in Kakuma that would be used for storage of vaccines and drugs to be used in Turkana West Sub-County.

NAREMIETO community Based Natural Resource Committee Self Help group is a community based initiative that was supported by GIZ to start a pasture farm have developed interest on livestock treatment and have already established a community livestock drug store at Nariemito village.