Kenyan Government to Import Simmental Cattle from Zimbabwe Following President Ruto's Visit

Kenyan govt to import Simmental cattle from Zimbabwe, boosting bilateral ties and livestock industries in both countries.

Olalekan Adigun
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Kenyan Government to Import Simmental Cattle  from Zimbabwe Following President Ruto's Visit

Kenyan Government to Import Simmental Cattle from Zimbabwe Following President Ruto's Visit

The Kenyan government has reached out to Zimbabwean farmers, particularly Obert Chinhamo, a prominent farmer in Matabeleland South, to facilitate the importation of 15 Simmental bulls and 40 heifers to Kenya. This development follows President William Ruto's visit to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, where he was impressed by the country's livestock, especially the Simmental cattle owned by Mr. Chinhamo.

During his visit to the trade expo, President Ruto expressed strong interest in the Simmental breed, which is known for its superior meat quality and adaptability to various climatic conditions. The Kenyan government has since initiated the process to export the cattle from Zimbabwe, with Mr. Chinhamo being contacted by a Kenyan government official to select the best animals from his herd.

Why this matters: The importation of Simmental cattle from Zimbabwe to Kenya signifies an important step in strengthening bilateral ties between the two African nations. This move could potentially open up new opportunities for Zimbabwean farmers and boost the country's livestock industry, while also improving the genetic diversity and quality of Kenya's cattle population.

Mr. Chinhamo, who has been breeding cattle for the last 30 years, expressed his enthusiasm about the opportunity to export his Simmental cattle to Kenya. "I am thrilled to be part of this milestone development that could open up huge opportunities for local Zimbabwean farmers as a result of the flourishing Zimbabwe-Kenya bilateral ties," he said.

The Simmental breed, originally from Switzerland, is known for its fast growth rate, excellent meat quality, and adaptability to various environmental conditions. The importation of these cattle is expected to enhance the genetic diversity of Kenya's livestock and improve the overall quality of beef production in the country.

The Kenyan government's decision to import Simmental cattle from Zimbabwe demonstrates the growing bilateral relations between the two countries. President Ruto's visit to the ZITF and his interest in Zimbabwe's livestock sector has opened the way for increased trade and cooperation in the agricultural sector. As the process of exporting the 15 bulls and 40 heifers from Mr. Chinhamo's farm progresses, both countries look forward to the positive impact this development will have on their respective livestock industries and economies.

Key Takeaways

  • Kenya to import 15 Simmental bulls, 40 heifers from Zimbabwe farmer Obert Chinhamo.
  • Kenyan President Ruto impressed by Zimbabwe's Simmental cattle during ZITF visit.
  • Importation to strengthen bilateral ties, boost Zimbabwe's livestock industry, and diversify Kenya's cattle.
  • Simmental breed known for meat quality, growth rate, and adaptability to various climates.
  • Importation expected to enhance genetic diversity and beef production in Kenya.