County Assembly of Uasin Gishu has asked the county government to construct a modern abattoir in a motion he moved the assembly. The motion moved by Moses Barteng, MCA Sergoit ward raised concern that many farmers who keep beef cattle suffer a lot of losses due to lack of adequate and reliable markets.
He further said many cartels and brokers have taken the advantage of lack of adequate markets to buy such animals at throw away prices and thereby make the livestock farmers incur huge financial losses. The expansion and modernisation of the current slaughterhouses he pointed out will go a long way in curbing exploitation of farmers.
While seconding the motion, Megun Ward MCA Peter Sugut said there is need to help our farmers to grow economically and it is important to bring in private developers to help in capacity building and search for international markets.
Patrick Bundotich MCA Tarakwa ward said brokers have seen loopholes in the county and that is why it is essential to put up good facilities and market in Eldoret to process and sell beef products directly.
“You will get pickups coming all the way from Nairobi and come and slaughter our livestock products on our land, and package them to Nairobi and they only leave us with the hoofs as they take the best beef products to Nairobi.” he said.
The county assembly urged the county government of Uasin Gishu through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries to consider entering into a public private developers for the development of ultra modern abattoir that will enable the county gain access to both countrywide and international markets for its beef products.
Currently there is only one relatively modern abattoir in the County that handles the slaughter of animals and supply of beef products and it does not meet international standards.