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New Livestock Regulations to Boost Trade on Global Stage

17 December 2019

KENYA - The new livestock regulations being formulated have been lauded as crucial to opening Kenya to the international market.

Charles Ochodo, the head of policy and veterinary governance at the Directorate of National Veterinary Services, said the Livestock Identification and Traceability System Regulations, 2019, will strategically position farmers as players in global trade, thus improving their income.

He said the regulations, which form part of the Animal Health Act, 2019, provide strict guidelines on identification of livestock and boost the safety of products consumed locally and internationally.

“To ensure public health, all farmers will be issued with a unique code that will make it easy to trace the source of products in the market,” Mr Ochodo said.

“The code will contain a unique number for the cow and the farm origin information. This will also be recorded in the product packet. If the product causes harm to the consumer, the number will be used to trace the owner.”

He spoke in Voi during a public-participation meeting that brought together sector stakeholders from the Coast and Lower Eastern regions.

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Source: The Star

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