With devolution taking effect in Kenya, working with county governments for sustainable development is inevitable. KMT partners with several counties to drive development that will see the economies in those counties, and in Kenya at large, grow exponentially. We partnered with Isiolo county government to drive the county’s development of the Livestock Sector – it’s key economic growth pillar.
The County Government has committed KSH 4 billion to Livestock Processing and Marketing, including rehabilitation of an abattoir inherited from the national government, which was constructed under the Economic Stimulus Programme. The county government will equip the abattoir with modern export quality equipment, construct supporting auxiliary structures like feedlots and quarantine zones to support consistent supply of quality livestock for both local and export markets.
Our partnership with the county government is anchored on facilitating market information and linkages, reaching to investors on a Private Sector Engagement model, and conducting feasibility studies.
In May 2016, we facilitated a delegation of officials from the county government to visit Ireland to link with best practice experts in livestock processing, including abattoir equipment manufacturers, feedlot technology providers, food safety and traceability systems service providers and research and development in meat technology experts. The delegation comprised of the Governor Hon. Godana Doyo, County Women Representative Hon. Tia Galgalo, County Assembly Member Hon. Paul Mero, the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Patrick K. Lesengei, and Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Kithinji.
The delegation interacted with, among others, abattoir equipment manufacturers, Enterprise Ireland (the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Meat Industry Ireland, and Teagasc (the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland, which exists to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bio-economy that underpins profitability, competitiveness and sustainability).
According to Enterprise Ireland, meat accounts for over 40% of Ireland’s gross agricultural output, dominated by beef. Ireland’s meat and livestock exports account for one third of all food and drink exports. As Ireland’s beef herd is predominantly raised on fresh pasturelands under strong quality assurance, traceability and food safety systems, it is increasingly serving the needs of higher-value and premium retail and food service clients in Europe and around the world.
Beef is, by far, the biggest category within the meat sector, accounting for 21% of food and drink exports from Ireland. Ireland is the fifth largest beef exporter in the world and the largest exporter of beef in Europe. Total beef production in Ireland stands at approximately 520,000 tonnes, with around 470,000 tonnes destined for export.
There are approximately 30 major beef slaughterhouses in Ireland processing in the region of 1.5-1.6m cattle per annum. These processing plants are approved and licenced under EU hygiene legislation, by the Department of Agriculture and also operate under an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A typical beef processing facility involving a slaughter hall and cutting plant will process approximately 55,000 head/annum into 18,000 tonne of carcase beef or 14,400 tonnes of boneless beef.
Following this visit, the county government of Isiolo will consolidate Terms of Reference for international bidding for the supply of abattoir equipment. The County Government of Isiolo will now adopt best climate-smart abattoir management practices, including value addition and manufacturing.
With Teagasc’s mission quite similar to that for Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation, KARLO, KMT will look to facilitate collaboration between the two organisations, to take Kenya’s research into Agriculture and Livestock to a whole new level.