The Star (Nairobi)

15 March 2014

Kenya: KMC to Be Overhauled, CS Koskei

THE Kenya Meat Commission will be overhauled to operate efficiently and enhance productivity, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has said. Addressing the press at his office on Thursday, Koskei said the commission has been making losses due to the use of old technology and a bloated workforce.

"The commission has been operating on obsolete machinery installed in late 90s which is proving not economical," Koskei said. Koskei said the commission needs between Sh700 million to 1 billion for the overhaul that would lead it to profitability.

KMC was revived in 2003 after a capital injection of Sh600 million by the government and was given another Sh5 billion in 2006 to revamp operations.

The commission slaughters about 50 animals a day against a capacity of 300 due to lack of capital to purchase stock and frustration of suppliers.

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