Laikipia County to fix identification devices on livestock

Written By: Benson Rioba
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Laikipia County government plans to fit livestock in the area with identification devices in efforts by the devolved unit to stem cases of theft.

The device will transmit animal information that will be stored in a central data bank which will also notify veterinary officers of diseases and breeding needs.

Kenya is yet to fully exploit the international markets for livestock products due to quality and safety concerns raised by some countries that saw some of them ban imports from Kenya.

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Laikipia county government is seeking to address this as well as stem vases of theft of livestock by fitting low frequency identification devices on livestock.

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The program also aims at notifying owners and veterinary officers about the needs of the animals in efforts by the devolved unit to monitor breeds and quality of the livestock.

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Traceability will help in marketing of the county’s livestock products especially in international markets as consumers would be able track down information about a product.

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The new data collection program supports the livestock sector after both the national government and some private insurance companies rolled out the livestock insurance products.

The pilot program will target 50,000 animals at a cost of ten million shillings.

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