Department of Animal Production

Directorate of Animal Resources

Department of Animal Production

Organisation

The Department is headed by a Commissioner and has the following three divisions each headed by an Assistant Commissioner:-

  • Dairy and Meat Division;
  • Animal Nutrition Division.
  • Veterinary Public Health Division. 

Dairy and Meat Division

 Key Functions

  • Formulate, review, and implement policies, legislation, standards, plans and strategies in regard to diary and meat production
  • Supervise and monitor implementation of dairy and meat policies plans and legislation
  • Promote environmentally friendly and economically viable dairy and meat production systems in various eco zones throughout the country
  • Establish and maintain an effective dairy and meat production systems
  • Provide technical backup and capacity building for dairy and meat production in local governments
  • Manage the provision of sustainable services including research for continuous national herd growth and improved dairy and meat production consistent with the prevailing macroeconomic policies
  • Provide advice to MAAIF and LGs on the establishment and maintenance of the appropriate infrastructure generally required for dairy and meat production
  • Guide and promote use of improved stocking materials and sustainable natural resources management.

Animal Nutrition Division

Key Functions

  • Formulate, review and implement policies, legislation, regulations, standards plans and strategies in regard to animal nutrition
  • Supervise and monitor implementation of animal nutrition policies, plans and legislation
  • Promote environmentally friendly and economically viable animal nutrition systems
  • Establish and maintain an effective animal nutrition management information system
  • Provide technical backup and capacity building for animal nutrition in local governments
  • Provide advice to MAAIF and LGs on establishment and maintenance of the appropriate infrastructure for animal feed production
  • Guide and promote the use of improved pastures and rangelands.

Veterinary Public Health Division

 Key Functions

  • Formulate, review and implement policies, legislation, regulations, standards plans and strategies in regard to both edible and non-edible animal products
  • Supervise and monitor implementation of veterinary public health policies, plans and legislation
  • Promote environmentally friendly and economically viable veterinary public health systems
  • Establish and maintain an effective veterinary public health management information system
  • Provide technical backup and capacity building for veterinary public health in local governments
  • Provide advice to MAAIF and LGs on establishment and maintenance of the appropriate infrastructure for veterinary public health
  • Guide and promote veterinary public health
  • Provide technical guidance for planning, siting and construction of slaughter houses and ensure that recommended plans are available to stakeholders and
  • Provide technical guidance to establishment of local tanneries and leather craft industry.