KENYA – Hundreds of livestock farmers in Taita Taveta County are currently looking to leverage export opportunities to Oman and other Middle Eastern countries.

The Kenyan coastal region, known for being disease-free, is becoming a favored source for high-quality cattle, benefiting from lower production costs due to its vast livestock-rearing zone.

This zone includes 30 community ranches spread over more than 1.2 million acres.

In a new agreement with local herders, Al Bashayer Meat Company, an Oman-based firm, is starting to import live animals from the county.

Additionally, Shahab Bulushi from the Omani government supervised the first shipment and expressed satisfaction with the quality of the cattle.

This initial consignment includes 2,550 bulls of the Sahiwal and Boran breeds.

The export deal aims to establish a long-term business partnership among Kenya, Oman, and Qatar, promising significant benefits for hundreds of livestock keepers.

Bulushi noted that the company selected Taita Taveta due to its proximity to the Port of Mombasa, which ensures affordable transportation.

The region’s accessibility is further enhanced by the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, the standard gauge railway, and the meter-gauge railway passing through the county.

According to reports, Kenya is expected to begin exporting at least 50,000 head of cattle annually to the Asian market.

This development follows recent reports highlighting a surge in Oman’s livestock exports. 

Preliminary statistics from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) show that the value of livestock exports reached RO3,206,463 (US$8,330,365) by the end of 2023, a significant increase from RO2,217,143 (US$5,760,119) in 2022.

Camels lead the list of exported livestock, followed by mixed breed goats, purebred goats, and lambs.

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