Kenya’s recommencement of livestock exports to Oman after a 16-year-long ban is a great opportunity for Kenya to expand its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The initial batch of over 40,000 heads of livestock worth Sh200 million already left the port of Mombasa for Oman this month.
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A ship carrying over 14,000 goats and sheep from various livestock keeping zones set sail from Mombasa for Salalah Port in Oman, after the 2 countries agreed to increase livestock trade in the coming years.
The resumption of livestock exports is attributed to measures established by the government to ensure the livestock are free from diseases, thus meeting export market standards.
The National and County governments are drafting a Livestock Bill that may create future registered producer associations to assist livestock owners produce and sell in bulk to eliminate middlemen from the worth chain and successively maximize earnings.
Kenya has signed a number of export trade agreements with countries in the Middle East region to facilitate the export of cattle.
The newly constructed port of Lamu will be useful for cattle exports in the coming months. The port is ideal because of its strategic location and close proximity to key animal production areas within the North Eastern part of Kenya.
Kenya’s Ambassador to Oman, Sheikh Mohammed Dor, said Kenya has the potential to export over 500,000 heads annually since the market is guaranteed. Sheikh Dor said Kenya will be exporting livestock to Oman and the Gulf region each month.
The Chief Executive of the Meat Commissions Department in Oman, Dr. Al Saidi said his team will cooperate with local suppliers to ensure steady supply of livestock to his country.
The resumption of livestock export to Oman is a wonderful opportunity – the sector will now contribute more to Kenya’s GDP. Livestock currently accounts for 12% to GDP and is a source of livelihood for more than 10 million people, mostly the pastoral communities.
The economic blueprints of the two countries, Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Oman’s 2040 Big Four Agenda have food security as a top agenda, and this reflects a mutual commitment to promoting trade.
The Government of Kenya is in close contact with two local suppliers; Najib’s Livestock International and Zuridi Africa to gather animals across the country for suitable export. The government has also authorized the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute to supply farmers with cheaper vaccines to confirm disease-free cattle for export.