Tsetse flies infestation has become more prevalent in drought-stricken areas of Kenya, threatening livestock and the livelihoods of the pastoral communities, especially in northeastern Kenya.
The Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council has intensified sensitization on better Tsetse fly eradication practices as well as spraying livestock in Kenya’s northeastern and Rift Valley regions to fight a resurgence of the pests.
Drought which has been ravaging parts of the country has seen Tsetse fly prevalence become very high as pastoralists move from place to place in search of pasture and water for their livestock.
In the North East and Rift Valley regions, the pests are threatening livestock and the livelihoods of the pastoral communities and the Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council has dispatched technical officers to drought-stricken areas to fight a resurgence of the tsetse menace.
The council has also intensified sensitization activities on better tsetse fly eradication practices. Some of the mitigating measures include servicing all targets, spraying livestock and application of pour-ons.
A council official says that near Loita, heading towards Narok South, there are severe cases of Trypanosomiasis which if not controlled will become a crisis. A total of 38 of Kenya’s 47 counties are infested by tsetse flies, which experts say would affect the country’s economy in the long term if not controlled.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK