KENYA - The government will formulate new guidelines to ensure that animal feed makers conform to high standards, a dairy forum was told on Friday.
Livestock secretary Fred Sigor said some firms were taking advantage of lack of policy on quality to manufacture substandard feeds.
Speaking during a dinner gala organised by the East and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) in Nairobi, Prof Sigor pointed out that some feeds makers have been lying about the percentage of key supplements such as proteins.
“We are putting final touches on the animal feeds policy and once effected it will ensure compliance to the required standards in making the feeds,” he said.
Prof Sigor said the policy will be ready in the next six months. He said the milk sector was underperforming partly because of low quality feeds.
Under the new regulations, he said, makers of animal feeds will have to ensure that the ratio of supplements indicated on the bags will reflect content.
“Some manufacturers have been putting the level of proteins, say at 30 per cent, when in actual sense the percentage is much lesser than what is stated,” he said.
Acting agriculture secretary Adan Mohammed said there was need for feeds makers to improve quality.
“We want firms to make high quality feeds which will help in boosting the volume of milk in the country,” said Mr Mohammed.
Milk production has been low even with the high number of cattle, he said. Kenya has more cattle than South Africa yet the latter produces more milk.
Animal feeds are mainly made from white maize, which is purely carbohydrates, but manufacturers are required to add other key supplements such as protein — mostly sourced from cotton cake.
There is low supply of cotton cake in the country and manufacturers rely on imports from Uganda to meet their needs.
The 11th dairy exhibition will be held in Nairobi from September 23 to 25, bringing together key stakeholders from the region.