Kenya Meat Commission Attains ISO 22000:2005 Certification
Today we celebrate the contribution of Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to Kenyan society and African region in quality standards of meat and meat products. KMC plays a crucial role in complementing Government efforts in Kenya’s economic recovery in the livestock sector.
The ISO certification will give the Commission a competitive edge that will ensure greater market reach both locally and internationally. This will augment KMC’s role in providing a market to the livestock industry which will uplift the economic dynamics of the pastoral communities. Hon. Dr Mohamed Abdi Kuti, EGH, MP Minister for Livestock Development For the desired economic effect, the Ministry of Livestock Development will continue to play its role in the achievement of Vision 2030. The government will establish at least four Disease Free Zones including in the ASAL regions.
To revive the Livestock sector and turn Kenya into an exporter of high quality beef and other livestock products, targeted livestock development will be implemented revolving around a series of strategically placed Disease Free Zones. The Ministry will continue to nurture skills in animal health, production and quality assurance of animal products through capacity building, training of extension support, research and development of vaccines and breeds. This will ensure that the Kenyan livestock products meet international requirements to support the export markets of value added products.
The goal of the Ministry of Livestock Development is to improve the livelihoods of Kenyans through sustainable livestock development towards the Vision 2030. To achieve this, the Ministry has identified five strategic objectives namely: development of appropriate policy and legal framework, increase in livestock productivity through provision of widely accessible inputs and services to farmers, enhanced investment in livestock production, increase in market access to livestock and their products and enhanced institutional efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.
I therefore wish to congratulate the Kenya Meat Commission Board, Management, Food Safety Team and the entire staff for the tireless effort that has gone into the process to ensure the Commission has achieved this major milestone, as they receive the ISO 22000:2005 certification.