The Kenyan government has lifted the ban on poultry products from Uganda. This was after recent bilateral talks between the two heads of state. The talks will also see the country resume beef exports to Kampala.
The Livestock PS, Harry Kimutai, says Ugandan firms are now free to bring in products to Kenya.
Mr. Kimutai also said beef exports to Uganda have resumed after Uganda lifted the decade-long ban.
“I can confirm that it is now official that Ugandan poultry products can be exported to Kenya without restrictions that have been in place for nearly two years.”
“The move follows bilateral talks between the two governments in March. Also, this has seen Kenyans being allowed access to the Ugandan market.”
Earlier in August 2017, Kenya had allowed only three firms from Uganda to export chicken products.
Speaking during the launch of the Dairy Industry Awards Scheme organized by Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association, the PS said the move would boost the regional economy.
The national awards will be the first aimed at sustaining growth in the dairy industry.
Quoting the KDB managing director, Margret Kibogy:
“The overall goal of these awards is to enhance the adoption of good practices in the industry and increase earnings to players along the dairy value chain.”
Mr. Kimutai added that the ministry is implementing Kenya Livestock Insurance Cover in Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir. It is with the aim of making dairy farming a commercial venture in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.