Ministry of Agriculture develops 7 regulations to promote livestock production

Directorate of Livestock Policy and Regulations representative Dr. William Akwimbi has expressed optimism that law and order will be restored in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock following the development of seven regulations to promote livestock production.

Speaking in Kisumu during a public participation drive attended by stakeholders from Nyanza and Western regions, Dr. Akwimbi said the regulations target animal feed production, animal breeding, the pig and poultry industry,  livestock training institutions, apiculture and livestock and livestock products marketing.

Dr. Akwimbi said the regulations, which are expected to operationalize the Livestock Bill, will unlock the sector’s full potential and create numerous opportunities as it will attract investors.

The bill is before the Attorney General’s office and is set to be tabled in parliament for approval.

He noted that animal feed production is a big challenge since substandard feeds easily flood the market.

Animal Production Society of Kenya (APSK) Chairman Samuel Mbuku said the regulations wil make the sector productive, competitive and resilient.

He revealed that the existing gaps in the sector have affected production and that last year alone, Kenya lost 2.6 million herds of cattle worth over Ksh200 million.

The consultative meetings are being held in eight regions across the country.

By Fredrick Odiero

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