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Animals sub sector in Kenya Agriculture

Animals sub sector in Kenya Agriculture

The animal sub sector contributes about 12% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 40% to the agricultural GDP and employs 50% of agricultural labor force.

The livestock sector makes significant contribution to Kenya’s economy and households with a livestock population estimated at 60 million animals comprising of indigenous, exotic and cross breeds. The major livestock species comprise of 9 million zebu, 10 million beef cattle, 3.5 million exotic and grade cattle, 8 million sheep, 11 million goats, 850,000 camels, 330,000 pigs, 520,000 donkeys, over 29 million chicken and 470,000 rabbits valued at about Kshs 308 billion.

Regulatory Framework

A number of Government laws and regulations impact animal production and marketing which include

  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Cap 360
  • Animal Diseases Act, Cap 364
  • Crop Product and Livestock Act Cap 321
  • Pig Industry Act Cap 361
  •  Stock Traders Licensing Act Cap 498
  • Standards Act, Cap 498
  • Kenya Meat Commission Act, Cap 363
  • Dairy Industry Act, Cap 366
  • Cattle Cleansing Act, Cap 358
  • Hides, Skins and Leather Trade Act, Cap 359
  • Rabies Act, Cap 365
  • Fertilizer and Animal Foodstuffs Act, Cap 345
  •  Pest Control Products Act, Cap 346
  • Stock and Produce Theft, Cap 355
  • .Branding of Stock Act, Cap 357
  • Cooperatives Act and Hatchery Rules and
  • Kenya Stock Traders Licensing Act of 1962, revised 1983

Animal subsector has been summarized to include

Key Animals in Kenya