Laikipia crisis slows efforts to reclaim European beef market

Police officers patrolling Sosian Ranch in Laikipia County. FILE PHOTO | STEVE NJUGUNA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Eight of the ranches now grappling with land invasion and uncontrolled grazing are breeding centres for the improved Boran cattle and had been declared disease-free.
  • Stakeholders say whatever ground had been covered could be lost if the necessary steps are not taken to protect the zone.
  • There are also fears that the invasions could affect the resumption of improved Boran cattle embryo exports to South Africa and lead to loss of genetics developed over many years.

The land invasions experienced in Laikipia County could slow down Kenya’s efforts to reclaim its beef export quota to the European Union, which it lost 25 years ago.

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