KENYA – The Kenyan Ministry of Defence, under the leadership of Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale, is set to revamp the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to position it as a global competitor in the production of quality meat and meat products.

Duale emphasized the significance of this transformation, not only for the country and the region but also on an international scale.

This commitment was formalized during the signing of a performance contract between the Ministry of Defence and KMC at the latter’s headquarters in Athi River.

 Duale, signing on behalf of the Ministry, joined Lieutenant General (Rtd) Jackson Kasaon, Chairperson of the KMC Board, in solidifying their dedication to revitalizing the commission.

Additional signatories included Defence Principal Secretary Patrick Mariru and KMC Managing Commissioner Brigadier James Githaga, who committed to cascaded performance objectives.

Duale commended the positive changes witnessed in the KMC facility, urging its leadership to remain innovative in tapping into new revenue streams while curbing unnecessary expenditures.

He assured unwavering support from the Ministry to realize the outlined goals in KMC’s Strategic Plan and performance contract.

Building confidence among farmers to supply their livestock to the facility was underscored as a critical factor in KMC’s success.

Duale acknowledged the significant transformation at KMC and expressed gratitude to the leadership for their efforts.

Under the Ministry of Defence’s oversight, KMC has slaughtered over 50,000 herds of livestock, resulting in payments exceeding Ksh2.2 billion to farmers spread across 37 counties.

Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Vice Chief of Defence Forces, acknowledged Duale’s strategic guidance and emphasized the potential for further profitability under the current initiatives.

“This commitment aligns with broader agricultural sector transformations aimed at improving farmers’ livelihoods and promoting sustainable practices in both crop and livestock production,” he said.

“The Ministry’s initiative is expected to enhance KMC’s global competitiveness and solidify its standing as a leading producer of quality meat and meat products.”

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