S.A. Bukachi, J.K. Chemuliti and Z.K. Njiru
Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute, (KETRI), P. O. Box 362, Kikuyu, Kenya
Camels had been introduced since 1989 in the Kajiado district of Kenya, a non-traditional camel keeping area and it has presented new challenges and opportunities to their production. In a study to establish and document these challenges and opportunities, questionnaire surveys and participatory research techniques were used to gather information. The study indicated that lack of experience on camel husbandry and animal diseases were the major challenges faced by the Maasai pastoralists. Camel trypanosomosis was cited as the most common disease affecting these animals and was most prevalent in Magadi and Namanga divisions of the district. Other important constraints affecting camel production in the district included lack of markets for camel products, lack of pasture and inadequate veterinary services. The study identifies the need to address such constraints through farmer training involving camel handling skills, disease identification and management.
Key words: Camel, Kajiado district of Kenya, production constraints, trypanosomosis