Mkulima today Kenya meat commission the cash strapped state farm has been moved from the ministry of agriculture to the ministry of defense. Kenya meat commission transferred to the KDF.
The KMC will now be run by the Kenya defense forces with the aim of saving it from closing down.
Agriculture cabinet secretary Hon Peter Munya has given a directive to the Principal Secretary Livestock Mr. Harry Kimtai to facilitate the transfer.
This comes after he received an order from President Kenyatta to make the transfer happen.
Following the transfer of the ministerial responsibility of the Kenya meat commission to the ministry of defense you are directed to facilitate a seamless transfer of KMC to the ministry of defense read part of the memo dated 7th September 2020.
The government-owned meat processor operating below capacity and is grappling with issues of unreliable supply.
KMC also says they have issues with getting raw materials and aging plants that have slowed down their operations significantly.
The memo to the PS was also copied to other top leaders including KMC managing commissioner Mr. James Ole Seriani while asking for a report to be tabled in 14 days on the progress of the same.
“Ensure that you coordinate the entire exercise with the National Treasury and transfer the associated budgets at the next scheduled supplementary budget” the memo added.
Kenya meat commission transferred to the KDF. The Athi River-based plant slaughters a total of 200 cattle per week.
This is despite having the capacity to process the same number of animals in 24 hours.
Statehouse in June said it would inject 80 million shillings into upgrading the KMC factory in the next financial year even though they had planned to sell it to a strategic investor.
The national treasury for the second year in a row allocated the amount for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Athi River-based factory.
The government had previously announced publicly that it would commence the process of selling KMC following the formation of a task force to come up with the privatization plan.
KMCis one of the 26 state-owned organizations earmarked for sale to strategic investors by the privatization commission.
The state reckons that the privatization will make KMC economically viable and in turn boost exports of Kenya animal products.
In the year 2016, the government allocated the sum of 650 million shillings for laying off KMC staff and upgrading its abattoir.
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