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Kenya to launch livestock export processing zone

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to launch a livestock export processing zone by June to boost livestock exports, a government official said on Friday.

Principal Secretary 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 financial year.

“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 2017-2022.

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 Disease.

“We are therefore going to launch a nationwide vaccination drive in order to ensure the country is declared animal-disease-free,” he added.

             

 

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