Sahiwal herd cattle at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) Dairy Research Institute. Livestock turnover in Kenya has grown in the recent past due to the increase in products consumption. Photo KALRO.
Kenyans’ growing appetite for meat and dairy products has shot up the country’s livestock turnover from US $1.34bn of 2017 to US $1.44bn in 2018.
The turnover increase has also been attributed to the support of private and county government value chains in the sector according to the 2019 Economic Survey by Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
Statistics by KNBS indicates that 2.78m cows and calves were slaughtered in 2018 translating to 7.4 per cent higher than 2.59m cows in 2017 which also saw 10.2m sheep and goats slaughtered representing 11.3 per cent increase.
This is represented an 11.3 per cent rise from the 9.2m sold to abattoirs in major cities.