Farmers are advised to build and maintain hygiene in cattle pen to avoid animal diseases that are common in Ngoma district.
Gilbert Bugingo, a veterinarian in Ngoma district confirms that most diseases common in this place are a result of poor hygiene of the pens.
He adds that even some farmers treat their sick animals, which is dangerous to the health of the livestock.
“Some of the challenges we face in this area include poor hygiene of the kraals and other farmers who have no enclosed places for the livestock and those who treat their animals when not veterinarians,” Bugingo narrates.
On the side of the farmers admit the mistakes committed in farming but are optimistic it will change since they are undergoing training from veterinarian health workers.
Beatrice Uwizeyimana explains that some farmers could treat their cows because of veterinarian scarcity and they build substandard pens due to poverty.
Uwizeyimana explains: “When a cow became sick, we could just guess the disease and buy medicine. Health workers will help us a lot.”
Poor hygiene of the kraals is common in rural parts of Ngoma district and veterinary experts say it’s dangerous as it causes diseases to the livestock.