Kenya resumes cattle exports to Oman after 16-year ban


Kenya has resumed direct cattle exports to Oman after a 16-year ban. The first consignment of more than 40,000 head of cattle worth over 200 million shillings left the port of Mombasa on Monday afternoon for Oman.

A ship carrying more than 14,000 goats and sheep from different herding areas has left Mombasa for the port of Salalah, Oman, as the two countries agree to boost the livestock trade in the years to come.

Kenyan Ambassador to Oman Sheikh Mohammed Dor said Kenya has the potential to export over 500,000 head per year. Sheikh Dor said Kenya will export cattle every month to Oman and the Gulf region.

“Today we are resuming the export of livestock to Oman and this is a tremendous business opportunity apart from the on-going dynamic exports of Kenyan horticulture, floriculture, among other products,” said the ‘ambassador.

Mr Dor, who witnessed the loading of the animals, said the resumption of exports is due to measures put in place by the Kenyan government to ensure that livestock are disease free.

“The economic patterns of the two countries; Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Oman’s Big Four Agenda 2040 put food security at the top of the agenda, ”said Sheikh Dor.

Oman’s Meat Commission Department General Director Dr Al Saidi said his team will work with local suppliers to ensure a constant supply of livestock to his country.

“Oman is a food hub for the Gulf region. This livestock export opportunity provides a win-win business environment for Kenya and Oman, ”said Dr Saidi.

Suppliers

Kenya works with two local suppliers; Zuridi Africa and Najib’s Livestock International to collect animals across the country for export. The livestock sector has already been hampered by endemic cases of foot-and-mouth disease.

However, the government has empowered the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute, through which they will be able to provide farmers with cheaper vaccines to produce disease-free livestock for export.

National and county governments are drafting a Livestock Bill which, in the long run, will create registered producer associations to help livestock owners bundle their products and sell them wholesale to cut out middlemen. the value chain and, in turn, to maximize profits.

Kenya has already signed a number of export agreements with countries in the Middle East to facilitate the sale of livestock products. The country intends to use a new port of Lamu for exports of livestock and meat. 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.


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