Kenya and Uganda have vaccinated 300,000 cows in a free joint mass vaccination of livestock against the Contagious Bovine Pleura Pneumonia [CBPP], Lumpy Skin and foot and Mouth diseases which are rampant in the region.
The exercise started last week in Kacheliba Pokot North Sub County after the diseases broke out in the neighboring Uganda and targets animals along the border of the two countries.
The exercise carried at a cost of Ksh 1.2 million is a follow up of another one conducted last year.
West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo led the Kenyan delegation in Uganda to vaccinate the animals in Natekol, Abong’oi, Asiokanion, Karita, Lokales, Ng’rina, Kiriki, Chepkusinya among other areas along the border.
Governor Lonyangapuo reiterated that the two Countries will ensure the region is a disease free zone to help improve immunity of livestock and improve productivity.
Kacheliba Member of Parliament Mark Lomunokol said the animals have been grazing together which helps promote peace and security in the region.
He added that the process will ensure that in the near future Kenya especially West Pokot will be in a position to export meat.
The MP also urged the Government to support livestock farmers saying it will help pastoralist communities in the country.