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GROUND SLAUGHTER OFFTAKE PROGRAMME COMMENCES ACROSS 13 DROUGHT STRICKEN COUNTIES IN KENYA 

Kenya, 19th July 2022: The livestock destocking program funded by the Government of Kenya has commenced in 13 drought hit Counties of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Garissa, Makueni, Kajiado, Turkana, Wajir, Mandera and Tana River Counties. The programme is being implemented by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in conjunction with the Kenya Meat Commission and targets to slaughter over 26,710 cattle with an estimated 267,210 households benefiting. 

Currently, over 4.1 million Kenyans in 23 Counties- Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) are in need of food aid following prolonged drought stretching back to October 2021. The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) reports and KRCS internal estimates indicate heavy livestock losses across all the 23 drought affected counties with assessments showing livestock losses of up to 70% in places such as Ileret in Marsabit County. This exercise aims to help reduce the loss of animals and will be conducted over a six weeks’ period. 

Dr. Asha Mohammed the Kenya Red Cross Secretary General said:  

“I am pleased that so far there has been a positive response from communities to the programme. We are not only providing food for the hungry, but by purchasing these weak animals we are also providing markets for the herders. This drought has pushed communities to the brink and our call remains to all stakeholders and well-wishers to pull together and help alleviate this suffering. The drought has continued to intensify with even more people falling under the bracket of those who need help.” 

Kenya Meat Commission is providing oversight in the implementation of the program and will continuously ensure that the exercise across all the 13 counties flows seamlessly.  

 

Kenya Meat Commission Managing Commissioner says: 

“The welfare of Kenyan livestock farmers is at the heart of Kenya Meat Commission. The Commission is mandated to purchase cattle, sheep and goats from farmers across the country and is the buyer of last resort during drought through commercial offtake or the ground slaughter livestock offtake program. The on-going ground slaughter livestock offtake program, funded by the Government of Kenya, has enabled the Commission through the partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Society to reach out to as many farmers as possible within a short period. The aim of the program is to purchase part of the livestock affected by the drought from farmers for slaughter and to distribute the meat to needy families on the ground.  Apart from supporting the purchasing power of these households, the accelerated destocking will improve the national security through reduction of the resource-based conflict in the affected Counties. The exercise is being undertaken through a multi-agency approach and we believe that it will impact many lives positively.” Brigadier James N Githaga. 

ENDS 

For more information, contact: 

Nancy K. Jepkoech, Kenya Meat Commission, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications Office, nkinyanzwa@kenyameat.co.ke 

Peter Abwao, Kenya Red Cross Communications and PR Manager, abwao.peter@redcross.or.ke 

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