Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) has partnered and supported the State Department of Livestock (SDL) to develop the National Livestock Policy. The first draft was endorsed by stakeholders from different departments of the livestock sector during a validation meeting at Sarova Panafric.
This is a critical document that will guide the development of the sector.
“The policy will provide the much-needed framework which will, in turn, create linkages between the National Government, County Governments, private sector actors as well as development and donor agencies,” said KMT CEO Kamau Kuria.
Kuria pointed out that the document will also help loop the development and the transformation of the livestock and meat sector in Kenya.
Among the issues the Livestock Policy will cover relate to farm animal genetic resources, livestock feeds and nutrition, inputs, animal diseases and pests, livestock marketing, research and extension and food security.
In the generation of the draft Policy, KMT collaborated with the State Department of Livestock to convene a team of experts who reviewed the first draft in January 2019, followed by successful by three regional validation workshops that had participation from all the 47 counties. The regional workshops were held in Mombasa, Isiolo and Kisumu.
It is these regional workshops that culminated into the national validation workshop.
Speaking during the validation forum, Ms Mary Nzomo, the Chairperson of the County Executive Committee Caucus on Agriculture and Livestock makes appreciated the policy citing that it covers key issues relating to farm animal genetics, generating resources, livestock feed and nutrition and Extension and food security
“I appreciate that the policy provides synergies and linkages for collaboration between the county and the national government. It addresses clearly areas such as ICT, gender mainstreaming, Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), social inclusion and climate change,” she added
Ms Nzomo pointed out that areas such as the periodic and comprehensive livestock census, addressing drug residues in feeds and food, livestock insurance and anti-microbial resistance have been given due attention, which will in turn help in improving the markets,” she cited
The PS for livestock Andrew Tuimor cited that the policy will help capacity build county agricultural mandates. He pointed out that this is an important tool in shaping the agenda of the sector.
“It brings on board private sectors. All of us should own the policy if we are especially to ensure that the Big Four Agenda is achieved,” he added.