A lot has happened recently that could have a great impact on Kenya’s Livestock Sector.
To begin with, the President has announced the launch of Livestock Marketing Authority. This is a significant announcement, which KMT has been lobbying for. In July 2015, The KMT CEO and Livestock Sector Lead wrote this editorial piece on the need for a market voice for the Livestock Sector.
We facilitated the Pastoralists Leadership Summit (PLS) to hold a two-day conference in Isiolo to deliberate on issues that will help Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALS) develop sustainably.
A key agenda of the PLS Conference was to request the President to consider launching the Equalisation Fund and establish a Livestock Marketing Authority. The President on hearing the requests did not disappoint, he announced the launch of the two! Read more here.
The Summit took place two weeks after this high level forum convened by KMT, a forum that brought together—for the first time—government; regulators; meat producers, processors, exporters; and financial institutions—to explore the barriers that prevent Kenyan from competing with the likes of Somalia and Ethiopia in the Livestock Exports Market. The forum’s discussions charted a clear path forward for the meat industry, one of which was formation of a livestock marketing body.
Regional Meat exports in numbers
Other outcomes of the PLS conference are summarised in the following media coverage.
Seven Northern Kenya Counties to form regional economic bloc:
Seven Governors from counties in Northern and North Eastern Kenya are planning to form an economic bloc in a bid to make devolution in the region a success. The Governors are strategizing on how to put the bloc’s legal aspects together before drafting an MoU among the participating counties. Governor Jama of Garissa County said the six counties can only have meaningful growth if they work together. Read here.
Billow Kerrow: We must do more to promote growth in pastoralist regions:
Political leaders comprising governors, parliamentarians and county assembly speakers from the 14 pastoralist-dominated counties held the second annual Pastoralist Leadership Summit last week, led by myself as the current president of the summit. The objectives of Pastoralist Leadership Summit that brings together 130 leaders are to promote and develop institutional, legal and policy interventions at both national and county levels that enhance realisation of peace and security, and socio-economic development in these counties. Its role transcends lobby or advocacy. Read here.
Pastoralist leaders call for privatisation of Kenya Meat Commission:
Leaders from 14 pastoralist counties have called for the privatisation of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) saying such a move would help revive it. The leaders have urged the national government to immediately commence the process of identifying a strategic investor to inject adequate funding into the institution. Read more here.
We’ll form our political party, 14 pastoral counties declare:
Leaders from 14 counties in pastoral areas have resolved to form their own political party ahead of next year’s General Election. The political leaders said they would form the party for those seeking elective seats to vie under. The resolution was made yesterday at the end of a three-day meeting dubbed ‘Pastoralist Leadership Summit (PLS)’ at a national reserve lodge in Isiolo. Read more here.