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