Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday kicked off plans to set up the country’s first export slaughterhouse within the next two years.

Kenyatta said Kenya will start with the export of live animals to the international market before the export abattoir can come up.

“We will begin with the export of live animals but in two years, we should have our own export slaughterhouse. My vision is to revive this important sector,” he said in a statement issued after meeting with officials from the Djibouti Regional Quarantine Centre (DRQC), the entity that will partner with Kenya to set up the export slaughterhouse.

The Kenyan leader said livestock farming used to be a lucrative agribusiness in the five decades but was brought down through mismanagement.

“We used to do well in this livestock industry in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, due to mismanagement, it collapsed,” he said.

The meeting was a follow-up one following recent bilateral talks in Nairobi between Kenyatta and his Djibouti counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh where the two leaders resolved to collaborate in various socio-economic sectors including trade, agriculture, vocational training and investment. Enditem

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