By Collins Anampiu
The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has laid off 119 employees in its rationalization of staff through voluntary retirement.
KMC says its staff rationalization plan goes hand in hand with its ongoing 1.8 billion shillings modernization programme.
KMC Managing Director Joseph Learamo told reporters in Mombasa that they hope the layoffs will result to profitability for the troubled meat processor.
Learamo said the state-owned firm previously had 420 employees but this has been reduced to 301 because the wage bill was unsustainable.
He said KMC has been spending 14 million shillings monthly on recurrent expenditure despite operating below capacity.
Learamo says they are eyeing Dubai, China, Angola and Nigeria as core export markets in a move meant to grow export income.
He said the Athi-River based factory has the capacity to slaughter 1,000 large animals and 1,500 small ones daily.
At the same time livestock PS Andrew Tuimur says the government is committed to boosting the productivity of the livestock sector which he said accounts for 12 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.
He urged the county governments to embrace an integrated initiative in the fight against livestock diseases that pose devastating economic impact.