NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is considering a raft of tax incentives to promote exports
of value added leather products, a government official said on
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
Harry Kimutai, told journalists in Nairobi that currently the
bulk of leather exports consist of raw and semi-processed
“We are going to
zero-rate imports of tannery equipment so that there is
expansion of leather manufacturing in the country,” Kimutai
In order to expand
local production, the ministry is also proposing to source all
military boots for the country’s disciplined forces
The East African
nation already imposes 80 percent duty on exports of raw hides
and skins in an effort to promote local value addition.
According to the
ministry, animal resources contribute more than 12 percent of
the Gross Domestic Product and employ 50 percent of the
agricultural labor force.
Kenya to boost
livestock vaccination rates to boost exports
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to boost its livestock vaccination
rates in order to boost exports, a government official said on
Kiza Juma Ngeiywa,
the Director of Veterinary services told journalists in Nairobi
that Kenya has been banned from exporting livestock products to
markets such as the European Union due to high prevalence of
“We are therefore
going to boost our vaccination rates for trade sensitive
diseases so that we regain our export markets,” Ngeiywa said.
He said that
vaccination rates for foot and mouth disease stands at 50
percent of livestock against a target of 70 percent.
promulgation of 2010 Constitution, the role of animal disease
and pest control has been devolved to counties governments.
Ngeiywa said that
Kenya is still plagued by many trans-boundary animal diseases
including Contagious Bovine Pleura-Pneumonia (CBPP), Peste des
Petitis Ruminants (PPR) and Contagious Caprine Pleuro-pneumonia.
He noted that
whenever the diseases occur, they lead to great economic losses
apart from directly disrupting livelihoods of many families
particularly pastoral communities.
Kenya currently has
the Central Veterinary Laboratories and Foot and Mouth Disease
laboratories which are national reference laboratories alongside
the six regional veterinary investigation laboratories to aid in
the diagnosis of animal diseases including transboundary animal
diseases and their eventual control through vaccination and
issues radical measures to control Rift Valley Fever
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The East African Community (EAC) on Friday urged
the partner states that are not yet affected by Rift Valley
Fever (RVF) to step up surveillance to detect any spread of RVF
at an early stage.
Othieno, EAC Head of Department of Corporate Communications and
Public Affairs, called on member countries to inform the public
about the risk and preventive measures.
So far, at least 26
people in two north-eastern counties in Kenya are suspected of
having contracted the disease. By June 16, seven of these cases
were confirmed and six of the people had died, according to the
World Health Organization.
The EAC also urged
owners of livestock, people working with wildlife and citizens
in the region to be on alert and comply with the following
should contact the veterinary services authorities in the
respective partner states for information on vaccinating their
animals against RVF and restrict animal movement to limit the
spread of RVF,” said Othieno.
Rift Valley fever is
a mosquito-borne viral disease that is endemic in parts of
Africa. It affects both humans and livestock and spreads through
infected blood, milk or the bite of infected mosquitoes.