Farmers in Embobut Embulot ward in Marakwet East Sub County have been urged to have their cattle vaccinated following reports of an outbreak of the life-threatening Black Quota disease in the area.
Marakwet East Sub County veterinary department is carrying out a vaccination campaign which will run for four days commencing today and aims to reach farmers at far flung areas.
Farmers are therefore advised to take their cattle to the designated centers and have their cattle vaccinated to curb the spread of the disease.
Speaking to KNA, Marakwet East Sub County veterinary officer Susan Kirui said the department has strategically set up vaccination centres in each village for convenience of farmers presenting their animals for vaccination.
She disclosed that the department is targeting 2000 cattle in the affected area and that they have been holding meetings and barazas to sensitize farmers on the disease.
Kirui said that the county government has subsidized the cost of the vaccine and each farmer is required to pay only Sh50 for per cow to be vaccinated.
She added that the vaccination exercise comes after a number of farmers reported similar symptoms of the disease that affected their cattle and after conducting a series of examinations the department found that the cattle had contracted black quota disease.
By Rennish Okong’o