Lodwar, 15th September- Partners engaged in livestock production sector in Turkana have been urged to change tact in implementation of the livelihoods programmes noting to ensure they address challenges facing pastoralists in the region.

Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries County Executive Philip Aemun has stated that the County Government will be engaging more partners to revitalize sustainable livelihoods programs and livestock production to uplift the socio-economic welfare of the pastoralists. This he said will be achieved through increased productivity and profitability on livestock products as well as market linkages in and outside the county.

CEC Aemun said that there was need for partners to align their programs with the County Government Integrated Development Plan(CIDP) especially under the component of food security, to ensure that they are impactful and cover all parts of Turkana to avoid concentrating them in one location.

The County Executive was speaking today in Lodwar when he flagged-off veterinary teams and vaccines meant for vaccination and treatment of goats and sheep that will be undertaken in Turkana West Sub-County.

CEC Aemun lauded Lokado for supporting treatment of livestock through of Sh600,000 funding, commending the cross-border element in the program for its potential to enhance effective livestock treatment and prevention of livestock diseases outbreaks along the Kenya,Uganda border.

He informed the delegation present, which included representatives from GIZ and Concern World Wide Organisation, of the County Government’s readiness to test and handle any case of livestock diseases through the Veterinary Laboratory in Lodwar as well as tracking of diseases through the e-surveillance system.

The County Government has provided vehicles, technical staff and veterinary supplies worth Sh1.2million and is targeting more than 40,000 goats and sheep in Turkana West Sub-County.

County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yussuf, while assuring of the Department’s commitment to engage livestock partners on productivity and treatment, noted that there was need to pool resources to enhance animal health in the region.

Lotus Kenya Action for Development organization (LOKADO) is a local Non-governmental organisation, formed in 2007 to improve livelihoods, well-being and food and nutrition of competing groups of agrop-pastoralist communities in Arid and Semi-Arid areas of Kenya,Uganda and Ethiopia.

Through the Global Resilience Strengthening of the Agro-Pastoralist Livelihoods in East Africa (SRAPLEA), LOKADO in collaboration with the County Veterinary Directorate will be facilitating staff for an eight-day vaccination and treatment of sheep and goats activities in Letea and Kalobeyei wards.

Others who spoke included County Directors Charles Ekai(Resource mobilization) and Dr. Benson Longor(Veterinary Services),Bobby Ekadon(Livestock Production) and Turkana West Sub-County administrator Joshua Napocho.

Also present were Deputy Directors Geoffrey Apedor(Administration), Dr. Jane Akale(Veterinary Services), John Eipa(Range Management) and Namwaya(Fisheries).

County Government staff drawn from the Pastoral Economy department attended the event held this morning at Mifugo Complex.