Livestock stakeholders drawn from the National and County Government as well as those from the Non-Governmental Organization have today met in Lodwar to prepare a roadmap on planned branding of livestock at Lokipoto and Nakitong’o areas of Turkana West Sub-County.
County Chief Officer for Fisheries,Livestock and Veterinary Services Abdulahi Yusuf opened the one-day event that drew County Government staff from the departments of Pastoral Economy and Peace Building.
In his remarks,CCO Abdulahi said that livestock branding exercise would reduce conflict on ownership of livestock as it would have visible marks, and would also help in preservation of culture as identification would have regional attractions that he said each sub-County had its own unique features.
The branding stock act of 2012 and Veterinary Services Guideline 2014,outlines the County Government’s overnment role on Livestock Identification and Traceability systems (LITs) that includes and not limited to conducting livestock identification using approved identification systems such as Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs), branding and microchips.
Additional roles include data upload on livestock registration, veterinary interventions, test results and movement records to the central database.
The National Government on the other side is supposed to undertake registration and regulation of all livestock identification systems such as brands, RFIDs and radio tracking devices.
County Director for Veterinary Services Dr.Benson Longor said sub-counties near international borders,and assured that Government’s readiness to undertake exercise that he said had been accepted by the National Government’s Directorate of Veterinary Services.
Lotus Kenya Action for Development organization (LOKADO) Chief Executive Officer Augustine Kai assured of the commitment by the organization to support implementation of the program just as it has done on peace initiatives along the Kenya-Uganda border.