Together with AU Commissioner, H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Ministers Hon. Hassan Husseine Mohammed of Somalia and Hon. Lt. Col (Rtd) Bright Rwamirama of Uganda, CS Hon. Mithika Linturi led a high-level forum on feed and fodder policy and the continental launch of the Resilient African Feed and Fodder Systems Project (RAFFS) in Kenya.
With the livestock subsector contributing 12% to our GDP, it holds a pivotal role in the BETA agenda, where the government is prioritizing investments in innovative, commercially oriented agriculture.
Key focus areas within the livestock industry include feed production, value addition, mechanization, as well as the digitization and digitalization of the sector through initiatives like the Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS).
The government’s commitment is resolute in addressing the 60% deficit in annual animal feed production.
The RAFFS initiative stems from a proposal by the AU–Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU–IBAR), tasked with supporting and coordinating the enhanced utilization of animals (livestock, fisheries, and wildlife) as a vital resource for human wellbeing across AU member states.