Nine cows, eight goats die in Marak­wet East vil­lage af­ter eat­ing tainted mil­let

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Nine cows have died in Ketut vil­lage, Marak­wet East con­stituency, af­ter eat­ing con­tam­i­nated mil­let.

On Tues­day, res­i­dents said the cows’ stom­achs be­came swollen be­fore they died.

Deputy county com­mis­sioner Eric Mulevu said, “The mil­let had not been sprayed with any chem­i­cals. We have taken one of the car­casses to the gov­ern­ment chemist in El­doret for spe­cial­ists to de­ter­mine the cause of death.” He urged herders to avoid graz­ing an­i­mals on mil­let and sorghum farms un­til ex­perts de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Agri­cul­ture of­fi­cer Ben­jamin Sum said the cows could have con­sumed mil­let roots, which are some­times poi­sonous.

A farmer in Je­mu­nada vil­lage said he has lost eight goats.

There have been ris­ing in­ci­dences of cat­tle rustling in Marak­wet East. Last month, six peo­ple were killed and two oth­ers injured fol­low­ing a cat­tle rustling in­ci­dent in Murkutwo vil­lage.

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