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Farmers In Kazo District Lose 500 Cows To Clostridia Diseases

Farmers in Kazo are losing cows to Clostridia diseases

Livestock farmers in Kazo district are counting losses after Clostridia diseases killed more than 500 cattle.

Clostridia diseases that include Tetanus, Blackleg, pulpy Kidney, and Black disease is caused by bacteria of the genus Clostridium called anaerobic and spreads widely in the environment, particularly in soil, fecal matter, and are common during the dry season.

They form highly resistant spores that can survive in the environment for very long periods.

James Kamuganga, a cattle farmer and a resident of Nkungu Village, says that he lost 10 cattle two weeks ago. He says that the sick animals present with a loss of weight and appetite, and when it dies the lungs produce a lot of water and the meat turns yellow.

John Ruto, another farmer says many of his animals are sick, adding that the loss of their animals even after using many drugs is very painful and affects their livelihood.

Dr. Ronald Kiyemba, the Kazo District Veterinary Officer says that 571 cows have died in three months from Clostridia diseases.

Dr. Kiyemba adds that the disease was first reported in October last year in Rwemikoma Sub-County and the next cases were recorded in Engari Sub County and it has since then spread to other sub-counties of Kazo, Buremba, Nkungu, Kanoni, and Kazo town council.

Kiyemba says they had stopped vaccination after losing more cattle and resorted to using OX drug and later vaccinating with the clostridia vaccine twice to protect the cattle.

Last week the Kazo District Member of Parliament, Dan Kimosho raised the issue as a matter of national importance on the floor of Parliament, and the Speaker of Parliament, Anitah Annet Among tasked the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to make a thorough study on the attack of the diseases in the cattle corridor across the country.

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