Bring on Board Private Sector to Modernise Abattoir Services, MCAs Urges The County Governent

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Eldoret’s main Abattoir      Photo/EN

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.

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