Kenya Will Start Shipping Out Livestock Products Through the Port of Lamu In 2023

“We want to establish facilities at the Lamu port that will support the docking of ocean vessels to allow the loading of livestock using the right procedures that take into consideration the issue of animal welfare,” Harry Kimtai -PS in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives

By The Weekly Vision

Kenya will begin to export livestock products from the Port of Lamu in 2023, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr Harry Kimtai, the PS in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives said that the government has allocated 500 million shillings for the construction of an efficient transport corridor for livestock at the port. 

“We want to establish facilities at the Lamu port that will support the docking of ocean vessels to allow the loading of livestock using the right procedures that take into consideration the issue of animal welfare,” Kimtai said. Lamu Port, which is being built by a Chinese company, can handle vessels with a capacity ranging from 12,000 to 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The PS also disclosed that the government is also establishing a holding ground next to the port that will be used as a quarantine facility to certify animals for export. He observed that the Lamu port is located close to major livestock breeding areas making it ideal for the international livestock trade

Kenya commissioned the first berth of the Lamu port in May 2021, which is part of the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor. Kimtai disclosed that the government is also establishing a holding ground next to the port that will be used as a quarantine facility to certify animals for export. He observed that the Lamu port is located close to major livestock breeding areas making it ideal for the international livestock trade.

Mr Harry Kimtai, the PS in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives

 “The facility is also ideal for exportation of livestock due to its deep harbour and wide channels that allow for easy navigation of shipping vessels,” he said. According to Kimtai, Kenya has signed various sanitary protocols with Middle East countries to facilitate the export of livestock products. 

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