The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Vets Register Members

An association has begun a massive registration of members to get rid of masqueraders who have flooded the livestock industry. The Kenya Association of Livestock Technicians (KALT) farmers have been losing their animals as a result of death due wrong veterinary drugs.

"We have launched massive registration of our members to curb quacks who purport to be qualified vet officers," KALT national chairman Benson Ameda said in Kisii yesterday. Ameda said that quacks were hindering the industry from flourishing because administering wrong drugs which affect the animals' health due to overdosing. The chairman said that fresh from overdosed livestock had samples of the drugs which were harmful consumers and also courses strange diseases.

Speaking in Kisii County where he launched the registration exercise, Ameda said said farmers were losing million of shillings to the masqueraders for substandard services. "Nakuru county, Nyandarua and Nyanza regions had the highest number of masqueraders. The masqueraders are protected by some unethical professionals," he said.

Flanked by Nyanza chapter coordinator Charles Nyaanga, Ameda said the organization was working in partnership with the Kenya Veterinary board to discipline the wayward professionals get rid of the quacks. "The government should employ more veterinary technicians in order to avoid the scenario where farmers lose millions of money to the quacks," he said.

Ameda added that 800 technicians have been registered in Nyanza region advising the farmers to demand for identification from those treating their livestock before they offer them services. "Farmers should demand for identification from technicians treating their livestock because this the only way they will know the genuine ones," added Amedo.

He advised the farmers to suspicious characters to the concerned authorities so that necessary actions will be taken to safe their animals. Nyaanga said that the Association aims to register 8000 technicians countrywide who will be linked to the veterinary board and their respective branches to help promote the industry.

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