Farmers will start receiving animal husbandry skills soon as the implementation of Command Livestock gathers momentum.

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made says the implementation of command livestock which was approved by cabinet recently is progressing well with focus being directed towards mounting training programmes countywide to equip farmers with the best animal husbandry skills ahead of the official launch of the command livestock programme.

Dr Made noted that issues to do with genetics, identification of viable markets, and above all nutrition and disease prevention will be given special attention under the animal husbandry training programme.

The government will not take any loans which attract over 4 percent interest rate as a deliberate policy to protect farmers from being crippled.

Buoyed by the tremendous success registered by command agriculture which is expecting about  2.5 millions tonnes of maize this season, the government has approved the special livestock production programme and the irrigation programmes dubbed command livestock and command irrigation to revamp agriculture which is the mainstay of the economy.