I have today spent most of the day at The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Plains research station.
ILRI is an international organization and part of the solution to food security in the world. The research they undertake is vital in improving animal stock and testing vaccines essential for the protection of both human and animal lives.
I am glad that their only field research station is located in Kenya and at that it is in Machakos County.
I was warmly received by ILRI’s Director General H.E Jimmy Smith and his enthusiastic and able team.
We were informed of the ongoing research and breakthroughs by ILRI and what the future holds for the supply of adequate food to feed the growing human population.
I was impressed by their fodder and breeding programs and the Boran Cattle and Sheep they have at the ranch. They also have goats and sturdy-looking camels.
We discussed environmental matters and I even visited their field station that measures greenhouse emissions.
We explored ways of partnering so that my people of Machakos can benefit from the research and knowledge on the best animals to keep and how to best feed them.
I was impressed by the organization and land use of the Kapiti research area and it was clear that for them to succeed, they need to protect their land from encroachment. It is also vital to keep human habitation away from the ranch for effective quarantine of the animals under research.
I assured them that my Government will protect this important institution and ensure greedy, misinformed people and criminals do not affect their international work.
It was an eye-opening trip and I look forward to visiting them again.
Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, E.G.H.,
Governor of Machakos &
Maendeleo Chap Chap Party Leader
February 27, 2020