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Adapt new livestock technology Mwingi farmers urged

Livestock  keepers  in  Mwingi area of Kitui County have been urged to embrace modern technology to improve their livestock  production  and  income.

The  farmers  were  also  advised  to  ensure  that  their livestock remained healthy by giving them vaccination against  threatening diseases.

Speaking to  KNA on Thursday in his office at Mwingi town, Mwingi sub-county Veterinary Officer (SCVO), Martha Kata  cautioned  the farmers to guard their flocks against diseases such as Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia commonly found in goats.

“Mostly  the disease affects goats causing inflammation of the lungs and accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity which  interferes with effective respiration and causes the goat to die over lack of oxygen,” Kata added.

She  said  the disease was preventable through vaccination which is done once per year.

The  SCVO  noted that the Kitui county government had introduced vaccination of livestock in every  constituency to prevent  disease infections.

“We carry out the vaccination at the beginning of every year on the livestock reared in this region which include cows, goats and donkeys,’’ he said.

Kata  further noted that due to inadequate rain, farmers had found it difficult to feed their livestock.

“The  county government in collaboration with the National Drought Management Board has introduced pasture that is  given to farmers to plant for their livestock to feed on when there is no rain. This is a way of curbing drought since many farmers rely on rain to feed their livestock.” Kata observed.

Governor Charity Ngilu  launched  Artificial Insemination project  on  January 16, 2019 in  a  bid  to help the farmers in  reproduction  of  livestock.

It   is  done  by use of synchronization of estrus in cattle to produce both pure and cross breed dairy animals from the  local dairy herd.

The  SCVO  said  that  some  of  the challenges that they face are lack of transport to reach farmers to offer extension  services  and educate them on how to prevent diseases.

“We  also encounter inadequate vaccines to serve all the livestock across the region.

By  Margaret  Kimathi

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