Kenya, Botswana announce new partnership in livestock development, aim to improve agriculture sector

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Kenya and Botswana have revealed a collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing livestock development, a move that is aimed at strengthening the agricultural sector.

Botswana’s President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, disclosed this partnership during his visit to the headquarters of the Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre (KAGRC) on Friday last week.

Masisi toured the KAGRC laboratories to witness demonstrations on semen production, preservation, and processing, alongside observing local breeds to emphasize the significance of genetic diversity in livestock development.

During the visit, Masisi expressed the potential for enhanced cooperation between Botswana and Kenya in the agricultural sector, specifically highlighting opportunities in animal husbandry, dairy, and beef production.

The partnership will prioritize breed improvement, animal husbandry services, feed and fodder, as well as animal disease management.

Livestock Principal Secretary Jonathan Mueke, speaking during the visit, reaffirmed the government’s dedication to advancing livestock farming in Kenya by fostering an enabling environment for livestock production, ultimately leading to increased income for farmers.

President Masisi was accompanied by Dr. Lemogang Kwape, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Machana Shamukuni, Minister of Justice, along with senior government officials from Botswana. Representatives from the Ministry of Co-operatives & Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises were also in attendance.