NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
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
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.