South African Firm Accused by Kenya of Patent Rights Breach

The Daily Nation reports that a South African company has been blamed for selling semen from the Boran bull, a Kenyan cattle breed by purporting it is a patented product of that country.

When questioned by the Nation, the Livestock Minister Dr. Mohamed Kuti said that the move was in violation of the country’s patent rights since the Boran cattle is an indigenous breed of pastoral communities in Northern Kenya. The minister also said that the RSA company was working in cahoots with a local ranch.

Background:

Genus: Bos
Species: Indicus
Breed: Boran

The Boran cattle is described as a sub-tropically adapted Kenyan breed for natural beef.

Genetic studies at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have revealed that the genetic composition of the Kenya Boran is unique. The Boran now found in Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Australia and USA originated from genetic exports of Kenyan Boran cattle between the 1970’s and 1990’s. The breed in Zimbabwe and South Africa came from embryos exported from Ol Pejeta Ranch at Nanyuki, Kenya, during 1994 and 2000.

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