PROBE INTO LIVESTOCK DEATHS, INFERTILITY IN KENYA

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The Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) has embarked on a study in Kakamega County following rising cases of livestock death and infertility which farmers have blamed on, among other factors, the use of dead semen during artificial insemination.

KALRO is partnerneing with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to conduct research on what is causing these occurrences.

Some farmers are blaming county veterinary officials for the problem, arguing that Kakamega County veterinary officers have been using dead semen to inseminate their livestock causing the deaths of calves and subsequent infertility.

The county director of veterinary services, Dr. Fineas Mulala, blamed the situation on poor livestock management, including inadequate feeding as well as poor shelter for the animals and their calves.

The programme mapped out by KALRO will see farmers receiving training on best practices as well as getTING access to artificial insemination for their livestock for free during the study period.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK