Implement livestock policy, State urged

Business Daily Kenya:  Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) wants a policy currently lying at the National Treasury to be fast-tracked to shi...

Business Daily Kenya: 

Cattle at the Marigat Livestock Market in Baringo county. Photo/COURTESY

Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) wants a policy currently lying at the National Treasury to be fast-tracked to shield the multi-billion-shillings sector from poor performance.

It says the absence of the policy is hurting the sector and impoverishing livestock keepers as owners are forced to dispose of their animals at low prices.

Officials of the association said at a media briefing in Nairobi that the absence of the strategic document denies Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) powers to speed up the process of buying livestock from keepers any time drought occurs.

Secretary of the Kenya Livestock Marketing Council, Dr Kenneth Wameyo estimated that the country could be losing cows valued at Sh50 million whenever drought strikes.

He arrived at the estimates by quantifying the prices of a cow at a sale price of a desperate price of Sh50,000 each. “This is a modest figure. Some livestock keepers are sell a cow for half that price.

Middle men are cashing on the desperation,” Wameyo told People Daily. He stressed that the policy would help the management of drought situations and livestock diseases.

KVA National chairman of the association, Dr Samuel Kahariri led marchers along Harambee Avenue to present a petition to National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich to plead with him to fast-track implementation of the policy. Key highlights of the petition besides the documents include matters to do with international markets situation.

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