Background

The Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre (KAGRC) is the successor of Central Artificial Insemination Station (CAIS) which was established by Kenya Gazette Notice Number 557 of 19th June 1946 with the objective of controlling venereal diseases and genetic improvement of exotic dairy Cattle.

In order to improve on its functions, CAIS was transformed into a state corporation known as Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre vide Gazette Notice No L.N. 110 of 5th September, 2011 with a broader mandate.

The Centre has the mandate to produce, preserve, and conserve animal genetic materials (semen embryo, tissues and live animals) and rear breeding sires for provision of high-quality disease-free semen to meet the national demand and for export.

In order to meet its mandate, KAGRC works in close collaboration with other breeding organizations such as the Kenya Stud Book, the Dairy Recording Services of Kenya and the Livestock Recording Center. Together, these organizations implement the Contract Mating and Progeny Testing Programmes. The organization also works closely with the breed societies as well as individual and institutional farms which provide herds for the breeding program. The Centre attained ISO 901:2008 QMS in September, 2012 and is currently transiting to ISO 9001:2015 QMS.

KAGRC is committed to contribute to the Big Four Agenda through provision and distribution of high quality animal germplasm to improve on animal breeds. This will ensure increased production and productivity in the agricultural sector and enhance food and nutrition security and poverty eradication.

The Centre’s mandate is in line with Sustainable Development Goals that aspire to alleviate poverty through food security by 2030 particularly the first three SDGs namely: No poverty- end poverty in all its forms everywhere; Zero hunger- end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; and good health and well-being-ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

KAGRC is situated 15 km from City Centre (West of the Nairobi City), and has its Headquarters in Lower Kabete in Nairobi.