Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kenya resumes export of livestock to Oman after 16 year-ban

Kenya resumed the direct export of cattle to Oman on Monday after a more than 16 year ban.

A ship with more than 14,000 goats and sheep from various livestock areas left the port on Monday afternoon from Mombasa to the port of Salalah, Oman, as the two countries have agreed to boost the livestock trade in the coming years.

This is the first batch of more than 40,000 animals worth more than 200 million Ksh ( $ 1.7 million) to be exported to Oman.

Sheikh Mohammed Dor, Kenya’s ambassador to Oman, said Oman had assured Kenya that more than 500,000 animals could be exported annually since the Market is guaranteed.

Sheikh Dor said Kenya will export cattle to Oman and the Gulf region every month.

“Today we are resuming exports of cattle to Oman and this is a wonderful business opportunity apart from the continued exports of ke Nian horticulture, floriculture and other products. ” said the ambassador in Mombasa.

Sheikh Dor said the resumption of livestock exports was due to measures taken by the Kenyan government to ensure they are disease free.

“The economic drafts of the two countries – Kenya’s 2030 Vision and Oman’s 2040 Big Four Agenda – have food security as a top agenda, and this reflects a mutual commitment to promoting trade, “said Sheikh Dor.

Der CEO of the meat commissions in Oman, Dr. Al Saidi said his team will work with local suppliers to ensure a steady supply of livestock in his country.

“Oman is a food hub in the Gulf region. This livestock export facility provides a win-win trading environment for both Kenya and Oman, ”he said.

The Kenyan government is working with two local suppliers – Zuridi Africa and Najib’s Livestock International – to collect animals in the all over the country for export.

The livestock sector was previously affected by widespread foot and mouth disease.

However, the government has authorized the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute to do so Providing farmers with cheaper vaccines to ensure disease-free cattle for export.

National and county governments are drafting livestock legislation that will establish long-term registered producer associations to help cattle owners produce and sell theirs in large quantities to eliminate middlemen from the value chain and in turn to maximize profits.

Kenya already has a number of export agreements with Middle Eastern countries signed to facilitate the sale of cattle products.

Kenya intends to use the new port of Lamu for cattle and meat exports in the coming months.

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The port of Lamu is also ideal for livestock exports as it is closer to the main animal production areas in the northeast of the country.