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Kenya imports over 70% of the raw materials needed for manufacturing animal feed, the bulk of which consists of grain and oilseed cake by-products.

The production of animal feeds in Kenya has always been seen as the main challenge affecting the quality and price of milk production, compared to other countries in the East African region. For example, the cost of animal feeds imported from Uganda tends to be affordable compared to those produced in Kenya, accounting for a huge percent of the production cost.

According to data from Kenya’s ministry of agriculture, feed currently accounts for 60 to 70% of livestock enterprise production costs.

While Kenyan farmers have relied on processed feeds from established companies, agricultural researchers have been pushing for the adoption of more nutrient-rich fodder crops to supplement the use of nippier grass and traditional pasture. For example, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KARLO) have been promoting the rollout of Bracharia, a vegetative grass that has its origin in Kenya but is …

The Kenyan government has set up a multi-sectoral working committee to coordinate enforcement of various regulations affecting food safety in the country.

This follows recent trends of illegal activities in the food sector such as adulteration, poor hygiene, improper handling and misuse of chemicals.

The committee brings together ministries related to food production, safety, trade and enforcement of regulations.

These are the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Speaking after the inaugural meeting, Livestock PS Harry Kimutai said the government has committed itself to support the production of safe food to ensure the growth of a healthy and secure nation.

“The various government agencies represented here are directly involved in ensuring food safety and would like to assure consumers that food in the markets, including meat products, is safe …