Kenya cost of meat is the sixth highest in the world.
Kenya Market Trust CEO Kamau Kuria pointed out that the livestock resource value in the country is valued at USD 4.2b.
Kamau was speaking at the 2019 Pastoralist Leadership Summit in Garrisa where he raised concern that the livestock sector is sub-optimal capacity, is uncompetitive and Its ability to meet demand compromise.
“It is however important to note that there is a growing domestic demand for meat largely driven by urbanization, a growing middle class and exports which create demand for product differentiation, safety and quality,” he added
Mr Kamau cited that KMT is working with meat value chain actors to drive the much needed modernization of the sector and stimulate improved livestock production to meet the rising consumer demand for quality livestock products
“ A key enabler in this space is the operationalizations of the National Livestock Development and Promotion Board which will champion, regulate, develop and promote the livestock sub-sector in the country and coordinate efforts of other stakeholders in developing, strengthening and financing the chain,” he added
According to Kamau, The finalization of the National livestock policy and enactment of the National livestock bill, Which KMT is spearheading, is also critical in the development of the sector as it will provide guidance to the national and county governments in the development of the livestock industry in line with vision 2030 and the constitution of Kenya 2010. The policy will clearly spell out the roles of each level of Government while providing the necessary linkages.
“For these very important processes to be completed, our Members of Parliament must set the pace by prioritizing, debating and passing the said bills and in effect put Kenya’s livestock sector on the path to inclusiveness, competitiveness and resilience,” he cited
He added that the country could help improve livestock sector performance by synchronizing production of livestock and pasture to meet market demand as well as investing in commercial feedlots. establishing quality animal health input supply chains would also help in transforming the sector.
“ To transform Kenya’s livestock productivity and bridge the personnel gap, the county governments need to invest in animal health technical trainings for the youth in every ward,” said Kamau
According to Kamau, the introduction of the livestock identification and traceability system (LITS) would help uphold the value of the meat produced for consumption as it improves on the livestock breeding, trade and consumption. It allows for an easy and effective way to monitor animal breeding and productivity, disease surveillance, ownership, the quality of feed and animal health.