Free Vet services to farmers at Ngoliba and Gatuanyaga wards in Thika
Kiambu County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Agriculture Dr. Monicah Waiganjo urged the residents of Thika Sub-County and Kiambu County in general to apply for the County’s Biashara funds and use it in improving their livelihoods by investing in modern farming methods.
Speaking while launching the free livestock vaccination and treatment in Gatuanyaga and Ngoliba Wards, Dr. Waiganjo noted that despite the county setting aside more than Shs.300 million Biashara fund kitty few residents in this areas had applied for the same.
She also added that the Biashara fund which is meant for the youth, women and persons with disabilities in the county if used well this groups would improve their lives immensely.
In relation to this, the CEC asked the residents in the region to utilize the green house demonstration projects in the area set by the County to educate them on Agri- business.
"Bearing in mind that the county depends largely on agriculture, it is time to do away with non- profitable tradition farming exercises and embrace modern techniques," advised Waiganjo.
Waiganjo also clarified that under her department, there will be no hand-outsissued to the farmers. She encouraged farmers to be more aggressive in farming because the market for the agricultural produce is unending.
However she noted that the county has worked in ensuring that many of the farm inputs and agricultural services such as veterinary services are subsidized thus lowering the costs of production. In relation to this, farmers also received free drugs to take home and administer to their animals.
The event was organized by the County Government of Kiambu in partnership with Kenya Veterinary Association-Central Region Branch.Approximately 200 veterinary professionals from Kiambu County and veterinarians affiliated to Kenya veterinary Association (Central Kenya Branch) were present to offer free Vet services to farmers.
More than 900 cattle got vaccinated, 1000 plus goats got dewormed, 50 dogs got vaccinated against rabies and over 30 dogs castrated all for free.
They Vets vaccinated animals against notifiable diseases of economic importance e.g. of Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin, Anthrax, Rift Valley Fever and Rabies
Kiambu Department of agriculture extension officers offered training to farmers on best farming methods that would earn them more profits.
Farmers took the initiative positively as they attended in large numbers with their livestock. "I am very thankful because my goats have been dewormed and treated for free," said Michael Chege.