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Govt to spend over KES 600M to revamp KMC

27 February 2014, 14:32 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has announced that it will spend between KES 600 and KES 700 million in restructuring and revamping of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) for effectiveness and efficiency in its daily operations.

The Ministry’s Cabinet Secretary, Felix Koskei said stated that he is determined to improve the meat factory’s functioning through an upgrade which involves rehabilitation of obsolete equipment that were installed in 1950s when it was constructed.

“We are determined to restructure KMC which is riddled with mismanagement and corruption and install modern machines so that the factory can operate with the new technology,” said Koskei.

He noted that his Ministry cannot watch KMC collapse yet the country has enough livestock and a vast available market adding that plans are underway to enhance attainment of remarkable economic growth in the sector.

Whereas his ministry has prioritized the fight for a livestock disease free nation, Koskei called on the sector’s development partners to support farmers and assist to boost meat production income by providing outlet markets in the international markets.

“The ministry intends to rehabilitate the zonal infrastructure including quarantine stations and holding grounds, disease investigations and diagnostic laboratories through the support of development partners,” stated Koskei.

The Cabinet Secretary also said that the KES 150 million livestock insurance policy is in progress to ensure that farmers are compensated in the event of risks. He added that the ministry is striving to improve livestock breeds by strengthening the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre for improvement of Artificial Insemination services to the farmers.

Koskei disclosed that the ministry requires almost KES 4 billion to finance the agriculture census to help create reliable database for the sector’s production which includes crops, livestock and fisheries frame survey and stock assessments.

The Agriculture sector Donor Group Chairlady, Julia Kronberg assured that the group is committed to supporting the ministry’s objective of achieving tangible results in key areas of food and nutrition security. She added that this will help farmers to move from subsistence farming to a more commercially oriented farming that focuses on value chains and market integration.

“We assure you that we are here to support your policies in irrigation, improved inputs such as fertilizer production and distribution, aquaculture and improved value chains on crops and livestock,” said Kronberg.

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