- Agriculture Executive Aguko Juma says extension officers have been sent to the affected villages.
- Juma: “I want to urge residents not to eat carcasses of the dead cattle.”
Livestock farmers in Rachuonyo East sub-County are leaving in fear following reports of a strange disease affecting their animals.
According to farmers living at Kowuor Riwo and Nyadenda Got villages in Kakelo Kamroth sub-location, at least thirteen (13) cows have died and several goats in just a week.
What is worrying even more is the fact the the mysterious disease, characterised by swelling of the belly and lumpy skin, kills cattle in six hours.
“This disease is very strange. It makes the skin of an animal look lumpy as if it was burnt using an acid,” says Paul Ouma, a resident of Kowuor Riwo.
Fearing of losing their livelihood, residents are now calling upon the Homa Bay County Department of Livestock to intervene quickly.
Homa Bay County Agriculture Executive Aguko Juma says extension officers have already been sent to the affected villages, urging residents not to eat carcasses of the affected cattle.