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Kuwait lifts ban on livestock imports from Kenya

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Kenya can now resume export of livestock to Kuwait according to its livestock principal secretary Harry Kimati.

Kuwait on November 8 placed a ban on livestock from the east African country over high drug residue levels.

A statement from Kenyan government said it has now put in place stringent sanitary measures in the animal supply chain all the way from procurement of livestock to slaughter.

The move according to the Kenyan government will help flag meat products with high drug residues.

Mr Kimati said “the government is working with the private sector to boost the quality and standards of meat meant for both local consumption as well as the export market.”

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He added that “In order to further our food safety measures, we have put in place residue monitoring plans for screening of animals for inappropriate use of veterinary drugs.”

Meanwhile the Kenyan government has put in place a national animal identification and treat-ability system that will help trace animals from the farm to the table as par international standards.

This is expected to support the national action plan policy on the control of anti-microbial resistance.

Kenya currently exports beef and livestock products to many countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia and Mauritius.

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The east African country’s livestock sector contributes about 10 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for 30 percent of  total agricultural products.

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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