Pastoralists face identification challenges impeding livestock trade

Lack of a proper livestock identification and traceability system among the pastoral communities are among the challenge impeding effective livestock trade and marketing.

Delegates at the two-day Pastoralist Parliamentary Group conference held in Mombasa also heard that the livestock sector needs to be better organized so as to attract more investors to put up value addition facilities.

With about 17.4 million cattle, 17 million sheep, 27.7 million goats and 2.6 million camels, Kenya is among the leading African country that boasts of a huge number of livestock. Despite this, Kenya is yet to fully tap the livestock resource.

Currently, the livestock sub-sector accounts for about 12 percent of GDP and about 42 percent of the agricultural GDP.

Livestock keeping is dominated by nomadic communities who occupy 75 per cent of the country.

However, most of them face challenges in cashing their animals due to a lack of proper livestock identification and traceability system.

Experts say poor organization of the livestock value chain has also contributed to less value addition efforts in the sub-sector.

Stakeholders are hopeful that relevant county governments, the national government as well as the private sector and farmers would jointly work towards setting up more value addition facilities.

Most of those living in Arid and Semi Arid Lands rely on livestock to support their livelihoods.


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