Dairy farmers in Chepkorio Ward of Keiyo South sub County got a major New Year boost after the Elgeyo Marakwet county government revived a cattle dip which had stalled for the last 14 years.
The County Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Joseph Kiyeng said this was part of a wider programme by the county government to revive all stalled cattle dips in the county in a bid to improve management of tick diseases and increase milk production.
Dr. Kiyeng who was speaking during the launching of the revived Taachasis cattle dip said despite the area having a high potential in dairy farming, milk production has been going down as a result of poor management of animal diseases.
“This has also affected the promotion of the use of Artificial Insemination (AI) services to attain quality breeds despite the county government spending millions to subsidize distribution of improved semen”, the director said.
Addressing the same occasion, the county executive committee (CEC) member in charge of Finance, Shadrack Chelimo advised farmers to ensure that they elect effective committee members who will see to it that funds collected from members are used to run the dip.
“For so many years, you have been forced to spray your cow at home which was not effective and has affected the general economy of the area. It is therefore the wish of the county that the dip is well managed for your sake”, the CEC said.
Chelimo said farmers in the area have large numbers of cows which they are unable to spray at home.
More than 1,000 cows were treated through the dip to the joy of the many dairy farmers. They called on the veterinary department to conduct close supervision of all dips to ensure that they are well managed.
Area MCA, Tecla Cherop said the move will go a long way in promoting dairy farming in the area.
By Alice Wanjiru