Ksh 500K Fine proposed for Kenyans breeding chicken at home

Ksh 500K Fine proposed for Kenyans breeding chicken at home

Ksh 500K Fine proposed for Kenyans breeding chicken at home

The Livestock (Poultry Industry) Regulations  2023 are an attempt by the  government to control the breeding of poultry  for both commercial and domestic  use.

According to the plan that the Ministry of Agriculture put online, poultry  includes  any wild bird that has been tamed for human food, trade, or other uses, as well as  poultry products, chicken, duck, ostrich, goose, turkey, quail, pigeon, and guinea hens.

CS Agriculture Any other bird may be declared poultry by Mithika Linturi through a gazette  notification.

According to the documents, any farmer found guilty of breaking one of the  restrictions faces a maximum fine of Ksh500,000, a maximum sentence of one  year in jail, or both.

Among the objectives the government seeks to achieve is organising and improving coordination of the poultry industry, registering poultry, the breeders and any relevant associations formed.

Additionally, it seeks to promote the safe handling, storage, value-adding, and effective distribution of chicken products in addition to raising  productivity and production levels of high-quality, safe poultry and poultry products.

In the regulations, farmers will register their birds, including chicken, and provide the details upon request. A Livestock Inputs and Products Regulatory Authority will also be formed to track all registers, including manual and digital. 

A poultry operator may be registered by the County Government where located, while a poultry operator keeping birds for commercial purposes shall
keep a register of poultry in a specified form.

A poultry operator keeping birds for purposes other than commercial purposes may also keep a register of their registered poultry in a specified form. 

It further adds that “A person shall not conduct any business as a dealer in poultry equipment unless they are registered and has a certificate of registration, and holds a current license issued by the Authority to operate as such.

“The Authority will impose registration and licensing fees at the Cabinet  Secretary’s discretion. Anyone who violates this regulation is breaking the law.”

Farmers’, breeders’, producers’, and processors’ roles Equipment, crates, containers, and vehicles used in the production, preparation,  grading, packaging, storing, and transportation of poultry and poultry products  must be kept clean and, if needed, appropriately disinfected.

They must also use clean water and take all reasonable precautions to keep  animals and bugs from contaminating equipment in a dangerous way.

In order to prevent equipment contamination, it is also necessary to manage and  store wastes and hazardous materials separately and securely. Additionally, any  additional legislation pertaining to equipment hygiene and biosecurity must be  followed.

Kenyans who raise agricultural animals, like as goats and cows, without a license  face a fine of Ksh500,000, a six-month jail sentence, or both, according to the government’s recently passed Animal  Production Professionals and Technicians Bill 2023.

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