The government of Kenya through the ministry of Agriculture is building a livestock yard in Lamu county. the yard will be used to store and quarantine the Livestock before they are exported mainly to the gulf nations.
This project comes barely weeks after the gulf country of Oman lifted its ban on livestock from Kenya. According the the Cabinet secretary for Agriculture the Livestock Yard is part of the 3 billion Bar’goni livestock Pre-export quarantine project. the project is aimed at improving the lives and health of the livestock before export.
The Livestock yard has been allocated berth one at the Lamu port. the berth is expected to handle over 50,000 live animals at a go. According to CS Munya the reason for the allocation of the berth to the yard is because it nears the yard.
Lamu port has of late seen an increase in port operations as it was made the port of call for all export of livestock. in Regards where the port is located it seems the lapset project may achieve its desired results after all.
Most of the animals that are expected at the yard will mainly come from the coastal region and the northern part of the country. Most of the communities in this regions rear the largest herds of Livestock.
According to sources in the ministry of trade the country exported Livestock worth over 200 million shillings mainly to gulf countries. The government has been investing heavily on the export segment of the Lamu port as it seeks to spur growth and create employment for all Kenyans.