By Judith Akolo
An all inclusive Livestock Board would be established if a Livestock Bill now in parliament is enacted into law in its current form.
The Livestock, Livestock Products Development and Marketing Bill proposes that the setting up of a Livestock Board to help streamline activities by coordinating production, processing and marketing of livestock and its products.
While meat forms the main source of protein in Kenyans diets, livestock farmers have mostly been left to fend and tend for themselves making the venture more cultural than commercial.
Legislators are in the process of enacting a law to streamline the livestock sector and ensure higher productivity.
MPs say the new board is better placed to benefit farmers as opposed to the current scenario where most cash channeled through the Kenya Meat Commission is allegedly wasted or lost to corruption at the parastatal.
Legislators also want the government to write off debts in the livestock sector as well as facilitate researchers to develop medicines and offer veterinary service in order for meat products to access the international market.
Kenya is among countries that are in the process of establishing disease free zones.