6 June 2014

Kenya: Relief As Animal Markets Reopen

Eighteen Livestock markets which had been shut down in Uasin Gishu and Baringo counties following an outbreak of foot and mouth and diseases have been reopened.

Marigat, one of the leading livestock markets in Baringo has resumed business after livestock officials said the disease has been wiped out.

The government used more than Sh200 million to tackle the disease reported in Kapseret and Soy divisions in Uasin Gishu and parts of Baringo county.

Baharini, Ziwa, Karandile, Cheptiret, Maili Nne, Elgeyo border and Kapsiliot markets are among those which had been shut down in Uasin Gishu.

"We are happy that the markets have been re-opened althpough we have lost alot within the last two month when we could not trade," said spokesman for the livestock farmers in Marigat Paul Kimugun.

Uasin Gishu Agriculture executive Cyril Cheruiyot said the county administration is taking necessary measures to tackle the outbreak.

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