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Kenya to Establish Disease-free Zones

28 July 2009

KENYA - The Kenyan Government is making fresh attempts to establish livestock disease-free zones to expand the country's beef export market.

Livestock permanent secretary Kenneth Lusaka said his ministry was expecting some funding from both internal and external sources for the setting up of the zones, reports AllAfrica.

According to the news organisation, he said the move would help reopen the European Union market which the country lost several years ago and also give the revamped Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) more business.

Failure to establish the zones led to the loss of a 4,000 metric tonnes per year beef export quota to the EU.

"We are sending a team to study the logistics of establishing disease-free zones in various parts of the country. The country has been losing about Sh500 million annually in potential beef export earnings," said Mr Lusaka. The PS, who was speaking at the weekend during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Kieni Dairy Products Ltd in Nyeri, said the first of such zones will be established in Kwale.

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