22 January 2014

Kenya: Murang'a Vets Sue County Over AI Project

A case between the Murang'a county governemnet and the veterinary officers on the subsided artificial insemination service has been certified urgent by the High Court.

Murang'a judg Jairus Ngaah on Monday certified the matter as urgent and set the hearing for February 3.

The veterinary officers through lawyer Daniel Mathenge in the petition state that the county government and Governor Mwangi Wairia have expressed intention of engaging non-professionals in an artificial insemination programme thus jeopardising their profession.

They say the programme which is set to be launched on an unspecific date will take them out of business as no stakeholders' forum was convened nor any consultation done by the county government.

Mathenge said the the county government, through the programme, has declared intention of subsiding services rates from Sh 1,500 to Sh 500.

The veterinary experts moved to court three days after Wairia visited Kenyatta Mareira Agriculture Training Centre to inspect 22 high yielding dairy cows that were procured from various farms in Rift Valley.

Wairia said the county is committed to improving the dairy sector by giving farmers affordable and quality AI services.

"It was among campaign agendas to improve the dairy sector by ensuring that farmers get high grades cows that can produce a lot of milk," he said.

Wairia said he will not be swayed by any forces to stop implementing his vision for Murang'a. He said the county government is in a process of giving dairy cows to jobless youths in the county.

"We have bought cows for the youth and they are in Mariira farm waiting for the youth to form groups so that they can be given the cows," Wairia said.

He said Milk coolers will be installed in every ward.

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