Kenya Utalii College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) detailing a collaboration that will see the College develop and implement curriculum and professional courses targeting stakeholders in the livestock sector in Kenya.
The collaboration further expounds how KMT will facilitate Kenya Utalii College to design and implement technical courses in livestock processing. Among the various courses to be developed by the College include; Professional Meat Processing, Food Safety Standards and Certification, Processing Industry Management Skills and Cold Storage.
Speaking during the ceremony Acting Kenya Utalii College Principal Mr. Kazungu Mwango underscored the importance of skills enhancement for the livestock sector. “Even as we continue to produce professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry, we appreciate the role of the livestock sector in supporting our industry. While tourism accounts for almost 40% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) the livestock sector significantly contributes between 10% and 12%. Our relationship with KMT is mainly aimed at increasing professionalism within the livestock sector by developing and administering courses that will respond to their needs.”
The two organizations will commence by conducting a market study within the livestock segment before eventually developing a curriculum. Afterwards, the College, in collaboration with KMT will carry out capacity assessment in the industry to evaluate the viability of launching the courses before finally carrying out a stakeholder consultative forum later in the year.
Kenya Markets Trust Chief Executive Officer Mr. Paul Wanyagah, while observing that the livestock sector has over 10 million dependents, revealed that the MoU will greatly impact on the sector through transformation of the markets. “This partnership will enable us revolutionize how the sector performs. We seek to inject soft skills to the various stakeholders within the livestock sector with a view to making it professional and attractive to more consumers. We have chosen to partner with Kenya Utalii College because of their reputation as market leaders in training for the hospitality and tourism industry. We are optimistic that the College will help us inject a level of expertise to the livestock segment. This will serve as value addition to the sector.”
Following the signing of the MoU the two organizations will jointly carry out benchmarking activities. The organizations will seek to engage countries within and beyond the continent where the livestock sector is thriving so as to ensure optimum value addition.