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  • M2wa2 3:36 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: breading, , farming, grazing, , , livestock, , , , pollitics, ranches, , ,   

    SPEECH BY H.E. ENG. JOHN MTUTA MRUTTU, GOVERNOR-TAITA TAVETA COUNTY ON THE LAUNCHING OF TAITA TAVETA LIVESTOCK MULTIPLICATION PROGRAMME AT BACHUMA HOLDING GROUND ON MONDAY 3RD MARCH, 2014.

    The livestock sector also faces livestock disease challenges which are causing huge losses to the livestock keepers. In that regard, my government has put in place a 5 year development plan in line with vision 2030 and the National Livestock Policy. This will be done by improvement of disease control through disease surveillance and vaccinations where the department is now in the process of procuring vaccines for notifiable diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease, Lumpy Skin Disease, Anthrax, contagious pneumonias and Newcastle disease in poultry.
    The potential for meat production is high in the county. But due to uncontrolled natural resource utilization, this potential has not been attained. Currently the livestock population stands at: beef cattle 153,000; sheep and goats-230,000; poultry-650,000. This can be increased to the optimal level through livestock breed improvement, quality management, disease control and better marketing strategies. At this juncture, I want to challenge all the ranch management committees to put in place proper natural resources management practices so as to derive maximum benefits from their investments.
    Where communal grazing takes place, efforts should be made to institutionalize involvement of the community in the planning, development of range and pasture rehabilitation packages…..
    …Taita Taveta ranches are strategically located for livestock finishing for regional and international market. This is an opportunity which cannot be overlooked.
    The creation of Disease Free Zone is an opener to link livestock farmers in the county to external market. I challenge the ranchers to take advantage of this opportunity to improve production through proper leadership and management.

    Am aware that the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development is facing challenges in terms of transport, funding and staff shortages. This is likely to affect extension service delivery in the county and also to achieve its goals as planned in the county strategic plan.
    Read more: http://www.duncanmwanyumba.org/research/research-on-land/livestock/76-speech-by-he-eng-john-mtuta-mruttu-governor-taita-taveta-county-on-the-launching-of-taita-taveta-livestock-multiplication-programme-at-bachuma-holding-ground-on-monday-3rd-march-2014

     
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  • M2wa2 3:27 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: advocate, , council, dancun, highcort, , , livestock, , mrutu, , , , town, , , ,   

    SPEECH BY CEC-LIVESTOK AT THE LAUNCH OF TAITA TAVETA COUNTY LIVESTOCK MULTIPLICATION PROGRAM AT LMD BACHUMA ON 3/3/2014.

    This task has not been easy for this department. The Livestock sector is one of the sectors which used to receive very little funding from the national government. The number of technical staff has kept on dwindling at the expense of direct extension services to our people. The infrastructure we have in the county is at deplorable state. When I visited this station in August last year I found it was scrub and bush, there was no water, no sign of life, and so on. The only sign of life was elephant dung and destruction to fences and water points by the same as they were searching for water. However, I had a sigh of relief when I saw some little development in terms of a feed lot and some one or two machineries courtesy of the Economic Stimulus Program under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.
    I also learnt that Bachuma Holding Ground has been selected as one of the Disease Free Zones in the country and has been chosen to be the first in establishing it so that it can match the international standards of a disease free zone.
    Ladies and gentlemen, we also have the Mwatate Livestock Multiplication farm. Again when I visited it-it was also in a deplorable condition in fact worse than Bachuma holding ground. Now here I am with my staff and our Governor has already announced different livestock are arriving soon in our county….
    …However, with the support from our Governor, early last month we managed to restock this station/farm with 78 heads of boran and sahiwal breed of cattle, that is 18 bulls and 60 heifers. Also 90 galla goats have been procured that is 10 bucks and 80 does. This is far below the carrying capacity. We project to gradually increase the carrying capacity through improvement of pasture production and utilization, intensive reseeding , improved water supply to strategic grazing areas, rehabilitation of farm structures, staff houses, fencing, firebreaks and so on.
    Read more here: http://www.duncanmwanyumba.org/research/research-on-land/livestock/77-speech-by-cec-livestok-at-the-launch-of-taita-taveta-county-livestock-multiplication-program-at-lmd-bachuma-on-332014

     
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