Kenya to use Chinese-built seaport to export livestock products
Kenya plans to use the Chinese-built Lamu seaport to export livestock products, a government official said Wednesday.
Harry Kimtai, the principal secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, told journalists in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, that the country’s main port of Mombasa does not have the facilities to cater for the export of live animals.
“The Lamu port is also ideal for livestock exports because it is closer to the key animal production areas in the northeast part of the country,” Kimtai said.
Kenya inaugurated the first berth of the Lamu port in May, which is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor.
Kimtai said that Kenya has already signed a number of export agreements with countries in the Middle East to facilitate sale of livestock products, adding that Kenya is keen to export both live animals and frozen animal products to Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.