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About Livestock Production

Mr.Julius Kiptarus,The Director,Livestock Production.

THE DEPARTMENT OF LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

Background / History

  • The Department of Livestock production was established in 1983. Prior to that (since 1903), it was a division in the then Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Water Resources comprising the following sections: Range Management, Animal Production and Livestock marketing.
  • The Department remained so until 1987 when further re-organization of the then Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Marketing gave birth to a fully fledged Department of Livestock Production with expanded mandate covering Extension Services, Training and Development, and Project Monitoring and Evaluation. Later on the Apiculture and Emerging Livestock division was created from Animal production Division in 1996.
  • In 1998 the Department was merged with the Department of Agriculture to give rise to a new Department of Agriculture and Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This arrangement remained until 2003 when the current Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development was formed.

Vision:
To be the lead agent in facilitating efficient and effective livestock production services for economic growth, poverty reduction and employment creation.

Mission:
To enhance and promote sustainable livestock production, marketing of livestock and livestock products and by-products and value addition through appropriate policy and legal framework while conserving the natural resource base.

Mandate:
To disseminate appropriate animal production, range management and livestock marketing technologies and information to farmers and pastoralists through extension services in collaboration with research institutions and other stakeholders.