KENYA MEAT COMMISSION ROLLS OUT THIRD LIVESTOCK OFF-TAKE PROGRAMME

NAIROBI, The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has rolled out the third livestock off-take programme, this time under an arrangement to access the livestock first and then paying later.

Managing Commissioner Joseph Learamo said here Tuesday the KMC expected to soon receive cash for the off-take programme from the government to pay farmers supplying livestock. The commission plans to slaughter very weak livestock and distribute the meat as relief food.

The third phase of the livestock off-take programme is targeting 25 counties in Kenya’s Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) region.

Unlike the first and second phases of the livestock off-take programme in which the KMC bought drought-hit livestock with cash payment, this time round, farmers will sell on credit and await the release of funds by the National Treasury.

The KMC plans to work closely with County Departments of Agriculture and County Administrators to assist in ensuring the safety of the livestock and personnel as they are taken to KMC abattoirs for processing.

Kenyan pastoralists are being encouraged to adopt sustainable livestock keeping methods that include rearing drought-tolerant breeds. Pastoralists are also being encouraged to grow their own fodder as well as keep only a manageable number of livestock.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK