As part of the County’s Public Private Partnerships, H.E Governor Alex Tolgos today received donations of acaricides worth Ksh 4 Million from Juanco Pharmaceuticals based in Nairobi.
The new synthetic acaricides will be distributed to cattle dips in the County with the aim of achieving 100 percent operational efficiency of all 176 dips across the County.
Juanco Regional Representative, Mr Collins Koech, said the Company will support 126 dips in the County with the acaricides which he said were worth Ksh 4 Million.
Koech said the new synthetic regime of acaricides were more effective in dealing with ticks and tsetse flies which had become resistant to the old regime of acaricides.
Governor Tolgos thanked the Company for the donation and said it would go a long way in boosting the County’s breed improvement programme.
“As we improve our livestock breeds, we do not want to lose them to tick borne diseases because the animals we promoting are superior breeds,” he said.
He called on beneficiaries of the acaricides who are also dip management committees to match the donations to ensure continuity of the dips.
“We no longer want dormant dips and we want the dip committee members to show efficiency in managing the dips by using funds paid by wananchi to always maintain the dips,” he added.
The Governor also called on wananchi in every ward to always allocate money for dips during the annual public participation exercises for budget allocation.
Tolgos was speaking when he received the donation and officially launched the Kapkoi Dip in Keiyo North Sub County.
Livestock & Fisheries CEC Dr Joseph Kiyeng said the partnership with Juanco Company was part of efforts by the County to ensure 100 percent operational efficiency of all dips in the County.
“We want to revive all our 176 dips countywide to guarantee animal health in all our 20 wards,” he said.
The CEC noted that the County incurs losses worth millions of shillings through tick borne diseases.
He said the department would henceforth attach animal health staff in all wards to ensure proper management of dips and to offer technical advise to farmers.
Dr Kiyeng said the County would also link the management of the dips with milk coolers and cooperative societies to leverage on economies of scale.
Present during the function were CEC Isaac Kamar, Chief Officer Kimutai Kibore and other livestock department officials.