Annual Report 1956 Veterinary Department

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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
In 1959 Kenya's agricultural exports were of the order of £30 million and constituted 90.1 per cent of the total exports of the Colony. Livestock products made a notable contribution to the recorded increase of 14 per cent in total agricultural exports over those of the previous year: 61 per cent more meat and meat preparations were exported than in 1958 and the percentage increases for hides/skins and wool were 60.6 per cent and 23.2 per cent respectively. These increases in production were achieved in a year during which rainfall over the main intensive livestock areas of the Colony were slightly below average. The Kenya Meat Commission slaughtered 127,293 head of adult cattle during the year, an increase of more than 30,000 over the 1958 throughput; the number of sheep slaughtered was over 80,000 an increase of nearly 20,000 over 1958. The Uplands Bacon Factory processed 88,000 pigs. The export figure for butter amounted to 7,235,326 lb. an increase of over 50 per cent over the previous year. The poultry industry again expanded: the population of commercial flocks increased by approximately 50 per cent and encouraging new markets were found in the Middle East and Mauritius.