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Livestock Traders Count Sh260m Losses in Kenya

18 February 2008

KENYA - Traders in Narok have lost about Sh260 million since violence erupted in several parts of the country.

The traders, through the Narok cattle, hides and skin traders association, said they have been unable to access the Nairobi market and the Kenya Meat Commission abattoir in the city.

"Transporters told us that they feared ferrying our animals to the city for safety reasons," said the association’s officials. They also said if the crisis persists, their products would be in short supply.

The district sells about 40 per cent of cattle to Nairobi meat markets.

Other sources of animals for beef and hide include Transmara, Kuria, West Pokot, Samburu, Laikipia and Kajiado districts. The violence has also affected milk sales and other livestock products.

The traders’ spokesperson, Mr John ole Siololo, said the delay in disposing off cattle has also led to overstocking, adding that with the dwindling pasture occasioned by the current drought and ticks prevalence, farmers would lose their herd.

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Source: Standard


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