Kenya looks to increase beef production


A programme launched by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) promotes cross-breeding to cover a gap of 40,000 tonnes.

Posted on Nov 16 ,07:20

Kenya looks to increase beef production

Kenya looks to achieve self-sufficiency in beef as the demand in the domestic market is 40,000 tonnes larger the current production of 260,000 tonnes. KALRO Director-General Dr Eliud Kireger says the cross-breeding exercise targets livestock farmers in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and has the potential to bridge this gap. The beef industry is the largest contributor to agricultural GDP in Kenya, at an estimate of 36%, especially in the arid and semi-arid lands, where beef production is the main economic activity.
Under the programme, over 35 groups from Tana River County will benefit from the beef value chain production training. Currently, the country has 18.8 million cattle (14.3 million beef cattle and 4.5 million dairy cows), 26.7 million goats and 18.9 million sheep. There are 3.2 million camels, 44.6 million poultry, 1.9 million donkeys and 500,000 pigs. Beef is the most consumed meat in Kenya, being preferred by almost 80% of the inhabitants.


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