NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to launch a livestock export
processing zone by June to boost livestock exports, a government
official said on Friday.
in the Ministry of Agriculture Andrew Tuimur told Xinhua in
Nairobi that the government has set aside 1 million U.S. dollars
for the Bachuma Livestock Export Processing Zone in the current
“The zone will boost
livestock exports by helping Kenya meet strict health and safety
standards of international markets,” Tuimur said on the
sidelines of the launch of the Kenya Dairy Board Strategy plan
Tuimur said that the
zone will have a holding area on 15,000 acres where livestock
will be quarantined for 60 days to certify them as disease-free
before being transported to the port of Mombasa.
The zone, located in
Taita Taveta County in South East Kenya, is less than 150 km
from the main port of Mombasa.
In 2017, Kenya only
exported 400 heads of cattle to the Middle East, Tuimur said.
“Our aim is to
become a major exporter of livestock and livestock products to
the lucrative Gulf market,” he said.
Tuimur said that
Kenya is grappling with animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth
“We are therefore
going to launch a nationwide vaccination drive in order to
ensure the country is declared animal-disease-free,” he added.