The British High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E Nic Hailey, on 5th April 2016 invited Kenya Markets Trust to a meeting with the County Government of Laikipia to seek investment opportunities and support to the County by UKAid-supported investors and development partners.
From left, Laikipia County Governor, Hon. Joshua Irungu, UK’s High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E Nic Hailey, KMT Livestock Director, Ali Hassan and KMT Livestock Sector Lead, Abdikarim Daud.
His Excellency The Governor, Hon. Joshua Irungu, came with senior staff from his government. The KMT Livestock Director, Ali Hassan, and the Livestock Sector Lead, Abdikarim Daud, represented KMT at the function. Ali Hassan shared KMT’s work in the sectors we engage in i.e. AgriBusiness (Inputs, Seed, Dairy), Water and Livestock. Those in attendance appreciated KMT’s unique approach to development, which emphasizes on partnerships for sustainability.
Laikipia County is known as Kenya’s Meat basket, due to its large livestock population. The County boasts 1,899,685 heads of cattle, 340,914 sheep, and 282,734 goats.
Land use in the pastoral lands in Kenya has been a persistent challenge for Investors, specifically ranchers. The KMT Team underscored the need to work closely with ranchers to extend their land lease, to support continued value addition to the sector. This would include the County Government developing Land use plans and incorporate the ranchers in better management of the rangelands, and regulate the influx of pastoralists into and out of the county.
With the County Government looking to construct a state of the art Slaughter House, KMT encouraged the officials to further discuss with the private sector to gauge the viability and support towards this initiative
Following this meeting, KMT will support the County Government to convene a two day Private sector-led stakeholders conference in Nanyuki to discuss the livestock potential, challenges and opportunities to realize Market-led interventions in the sector, with an eventual development of Laikipia Livestock Strategy.