Cattle / East Africa / Kenya / Livestock

Deadly livestock pest could soon be history in Rift area

The last of the tsetse fly may soon be wiped out of the hot and arid lands of Lake Bogoria in Baringo District of Rift Valley.

A protracted campaign against the deadly insect, which causes fatal diseases in humans and livestock, is is finally paying off.

It has involved the ministries of Livestock Development, Public Health and Sanitation, and the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign.

At Emsos village in Marigat Division, herder Peter Chepkoi and chairman of the Emsos cattle dip, is full of praise for the project that has seen the numbers of the tsetse flies dip to almost nil.

“Two years ago, we were on the brink of being decimated in Baringo and Mogotio Districts, but now most of us are planning to increase our livestock,” he says.

Before the battle started, the tsetse fly population in Lake Bogoria was so high residents could not farm and tourists avoided the circuit because camping was impossible.

Read more (Daily Nation)

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