In a bold move that echoes the commitment to excellence, the Kenyan Ministry of Defence, spearheaded by Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale, is embarking on a journey to catapult the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) into a global contender in the realm of quality meat and meat products.
Strategic Transformation for Global Excellence
Underlining the transformative vision, Duale stressed the monumental importance of this endeavor, not only for Kenya and the region but on a global scale. This commitment was solidified through the signing of a performance contract between the Ministry of Defence and KMC at the commission’s headquarters in Athi River.
Duale, the architect of this ambitious plan, took the lead in signing on behalf of the Ministry, joined by Lieutenant General (Rtd) Jackson Kasaon, Chairperson of the KMC Board. This ceremony marked the official dedication to breathe new life into the commission.
A Pledge to Excellence and Innovation
Additional key players, including Defence Principal Secretary Patrick Mariru and KMC Managing Commissioner Brigadier James Githaga, pledged their commitment to cascaded performance objectives. The signing ceremony was not just a formality; it was a commitment to excellence and innovation in the production of quality meat and meat products.
Duale, recognizing the positive changes already taking place within the KMC facility, urged its leadership to remain innovative in tapping into new revenue streams while prudently managing expenditures. The Ministry promised unwavering support to ensure the realization of outlined goals in KMC’s Strategic Plan and performance contract.
Farmers at the Heart of Success
Duale underscored the critical role of building confidence among farmers to supply their livestock to the facility. This factor, he emphasized, is pivotal to KMC’s success in becoming a global powerhouse in meat production. The Ministry recognizes that a thriving partnership with farmers is the cornerstone of sustainable growth and international competitiveness.
Commending the significant strides achieved at KMC, Duale expressed gratitude to the leadership for their relentless efforts in transforming the commission under the Ministry of Defence’s oversight.
Impressive Achievements and Future Potential
Under the strategic guidance of Duale, KMC has already slaughtered over 50,000 herds of livestock, resulting in payments exceeding Ksh2.2 billion to farmers across 37 counties. Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Vice Chief of Defence Forces, acknowledged Duale’s strategic foresight and emphasized the untapped potential for further profitability under the current initiatives.
“This commitment aligns with broader agricultural sector transformations aimed at improving farmers’ livelihoods and promoting sustainable practices in both crop and livestock production,” he said.
A Vision for Global Competitiveness
The Ministry’s initiative is poised to enhance KMC’s global competitiveness and solidify its standing as a leading producer of quality meat and meat products. As Kenya commits to this transformative journey, the world watches as the Kenya Meat Commission gears up to become a global powerhouse in the meat industry. A vision that promises not just economic success but also a sustainable future for farmers and a beacon of excellence on the global stage.