Tagging cattle to tame cattle rustling in Turkana – KBC
Turkana County has finalized plans to introduce the cattle brand to discourage animal theft among pastoral communities in the region.
Livestock stakeholders from national governments, counties and non-governmental organizations met in Lodwar on Thursday to prepare a roadmap on the planned tagging of livestock in the Lokipoto and Nakitong’o areas of the sub-county. from West Turkana.
Head of Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services Abdulahi Yusuf, who chaired the opening session of the one-day event, expressed optimism that branding would reduce conflicts over livestock ownership, as animals will now have unique visible markings for identification in sub-counties.
The exercise is supported by the Trademark Stock Act 2012 and the Veterinary Services Directive 2014.
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Both pieces of legislation outline the role of the county government in Livestock Identification and Traceability (SAI) systems which include the conduct of livestock identification using approved identification systems such as livestock identification devices. ‘radio frequency identification (RFID), brand and microchips.
“The county government has additional roles that include uploading data on livestock registration, veterinary interventions, test results and moving records to the central database,” Yusuf added.
For its part, the national government is responsible for registering and regulating all livestock identification systems such as tags, RFIDs and radio tracking devices.
County director for veterinary services Dr Benson Longor said sub-counties close to international borders would receive first priority in the exercise that was accepted by the National Government’s Directorate of Veterinary Services.
The CEO of the organization Lotus Kenya Action for Development (LOKADO), Augustine Kai, assured of his organization’s commitment to support the implementation of the program, just as she has done for the peace initiatives along from the border between Kenya and Uganda.
The meeting was attended by county government staff from the pastoral economy and peacebuilding departments.
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