Kilifi County Government has launched an ambitious program aimed at vaccinating 500,000 animals against rift valley fever.
Livestock and veterinary officers are expected to vaccinate goats, sheep, cattle and dogs in 8 sub-counties in the region.
The vaccination program had initially been organized for February but didn’t start due to heavy rains in the region and will now run for one month.
The vaccination is aimed at preventing any loss of animals as has been the case.
Kilifi County Chief Officer for Livestock Development Fredrick Kaingu said the aim was to vaccinate at least 70 percent of domestic animals in the county.
Speaking at Tsangatsini in Kaloleni Sub County during the launch of the exercise Kaingu said that by the time the rainy season begins the animals will be vaccinated.
The vaccination comes following a rift valley fever outbreak which was reported last year forcing the closure of Malindi Slaughterhouse and butcheries for safety reasons.
He said plans are underway to create Disease free zones in the Coast region.
The County Government also plans to spend Ksh. 60 million to relocate and build new modern slaughterhouses in Malindi and Mariakani as a way of boosting export processing zones for livestock products.
Emmanuel Kithi Menza a livestock farmer who lost seven goats and over 20 cattle due to Rift Valley Fever last year, hailed the initiative by the county government to protect livestock which is their economic mainstay.