Insecticide-treated nets help Kenyan farms to reduce disease and increase milk yields

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Black insecticide-impregnated nets encircling livestock pens kill disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies

The use of insecticide-treated nets on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya is resulting in health benefits for animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports.

The agency says while the nets protect livestock from flies, mosquitoes and other insects that transmit disease, they are helping to increase milk yields for some farmers in the town of Kiisi in western Kenya.

Meanwhile, cases of the bacterial disease mastitis, which can be spread by flies or through poor hygiene during milking, have been reduced by half, and farmers are also reporting 40 per cent fewer cases of malaria in their homes.

Mary Owendo is one of the farmers.

"I used to suffer a lot because flies were disturbing my cows. Whenever I was milking, they would throw their legs around and they would retain their milk. When they put the net, I started milking easily and the cows started giving milk well. When milking, the cow stands still and does not disturb me.”

FAO says the insecticide in the nets is environmentally friendly and made from the same chemicals used in flea collars for pets.

The agency says trainees from other African countries have been learning how to emulate the model.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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