Kenyan Government to establish special zones for livestock production for export
The Kenyan government has announced plans to establish 50 special zones, technically known as feedlots, for production of livestock for the export market.
According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the new initiative will be done in collaboration with strategic partners with the aim of mitigating against climate change and saving farmers from the losses they incur during drought.
Kenyatta, “This approach is expected to mitigate against climate change; and to ensure production of quality livestock for local consumption and export. To raise the quality of livestock and meat for local and export markets, my Administration will establish 50 feedlots through strategic partnerships and private investors.”
He says the feedlots will be established in various parts of the country and will be spread to cover regions with heavy livestock populations as well as those that are affected the most during drought.
The head of state was speaking at the Jamhuri Showground in Nairobi on Thursday when he presided over the official opening of the 2018 Livestock Breeders Show and Sale, which traditionally, precedes the Annual Nairobi International Trade Fair which is scheduled for early October.
The President said the feedlot initiative is part of the broad livestock value chain improvement programme which is being implemented by the government and partners.
Among other key components, the livestock value chain improvement programme encompasses provision of comprehensive insurance cover for livestock and the provision of top quality and adequate semen through liquid nitrogen plants established in various parts of the country including Meru, Sotik, Kirinyaga and Eldoret.
President Kenyatta,“My Administration has an insurance programme for cushioning farmers against livestock losses caused by drought. This year we expect to cover 110,000 livestock, thus protecting 22,000 households.”
He says the government is working on ensuring that farmers have access to quality and affordable livestock input as well as improved markets.
President Kenyatta expressed satisfaction with the quality of the breeders’ show which is now attracting farmers and stakeholders beyond the East African region to include COMESA and SADC regions.
President Kenyatta,“If it is true that the objective of the Livestock Breeders Show and Sale is to showcase superior livestock and livestock products, and the most effective farming methods, then I must say that this objective has been met.”
The President was accopmanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.
By Malachi Motano
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