Kenya Markets Trust (KMT), in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the State Department for Livestock, and the Directorate of Veterinary Services under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), convened interactive county–level stakeholder meetings to review the proposed draft Veterinary Public Health, Animal Health, and Livestock bills.
The meetings carried out in 10 towns between October 1-10, 2019, converged an array of stakeholders across the livestock value chain from all the 47 counties. These included livestock keepers, aggregators, slaughterhouse owners, meat processors, meat retailers, meat industry regulators, public health practitioners, veterinarians, researchers, among others.
Dr George Wamwere, ILRI’s Livestock Chain Manager, encouraged the stakeholders to take advantage and incorporate global best practices in the bills.
“This is the best time as a sector to review these laws, eight years after devolution. The process is long, tedious and expensive, but our main aim is to grow a sector that will reward our farmers and be beneficial to all the players in this industry,” said Dr Wamwere.
“We appreciate that you have chosen to engage us all in reviewing these laws which will govern the livestock sector going forward, and that our input will be considered in the bills,” said Lucy Ngatia, a hides and skin trader from Nakuru Slaughter House, who was elated to have participated in the review process.
The policy-regulatory environment is a critical enabler for markets to work better in the livestock sector.
The development of these bills will go a long way in providing a framework for investments, development, growth and regulation of the livestock industry.
After the consultative meetings, the National government will compile all the expressed views and compile the second draft of the bills which would be validated at a national workshop.
KMT’s Contribution to Kenya’s Livestock Sector
KMT engages in multiple policy initiatives with the national and county governments to improve the policy environment in the livestock sector.
KMT recognises that working with the State Department for Livestock is key to expanding and creating competitive, inclusive and sustainable livestock markets.
“KMT is focusing on convening and facilitating key stakeholder engagements to influence decisions that create more conducive business environment,” Chris adds.
KMT recently supported the revision of the Livestock Policy 2008 into the National Livestock Policy 2019. The functionality of this critical policy will be enabled through the establishment of the Livestock Bill, currently under consideration.