Construction works has commenced on the Lamu livestock pre-export project in Lamu County.
Livestock Principal Secretary Hillary Kimutai announced this and said the project aimed at boosting exports of live animals and livestock products.
The Sh3 billion Bar’goni Livestock Pre-Export Quarantine project is located in Lamu West.
Works includes building standard disease-control veterinary fences, livestock holding pens with associated gates, livestock housing and feeding troughs equipment, as well as water and electricity connections.
It will also incorporate feed storage housing, mixing machinery, a mini lab, livestock loading and offloading ramps, staff housing and offices among other infrastructure.
The project is expected to be completed before June next year, upon which it is expected to open up the area, which is situated in Boni forest.
PS Kimutai encouraged locals, especially those in arid and semi-arid lands, to invest in the livestock sector to help improve their livelihoods.
Meeting international protocols
The quarantine facility is necessary as it enables the processing of livestock commodities to attain specifications desired by traders based on the demands of the targeted consumers.
It also helps to ensure commodities meet the required animal health standards as internationally prescribed by complying with certifications and other disease-risk reduction measures.
At the end of the marketing chain, commodities are certified to have been finished at an effectively isolated area from disease-risk sources and certified to have been tested as prescribed by internationally agreed protocols.
“Bar’goni is a rural village. I believe this project will help not only grow the village to an urban centre but create employment for residents,” said PS Kimutai.