Exciting developments are underway in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia County as construction commences on a state-of-the-art chicken slaughter facility. With an investment of US$0.2 million, this facility, managed by the Trans Queens and Kings cooperative society, is set to revolutionize the poultry industry in one of Kenya’s prominent food basket regions. The initiative aims to empower local farmers, create employment opportunities, and boost the region’s economy.
Optimism Surrounding the Project:
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya expressed his optimism regarding the significant benefits farmers will derive from the new facility. He emphasized that the establishment of this state-of-the-art abattoir will not only increase income for farmers but also generate profits for producer organizations and market outlets. Additionally, the facility’s processing capacity of 1,600 chickens per day ensures a substantial increase in aggregated, slaughtered, and marketed chicken in the county.
Investment and Support:
To facilitate the establishment of the abattoir, the cooperative society has been granted a generous sum of US$142,157.94. Governor Natembeya acknowledged the crucial role of local demand in driving the success of the facility, encouraging residents to engage in indigenous chicken rearing. Furthermore, the administration is dedicated to reducing animal feed costs, maximizing farmers’ profits, and ensuring the adherence to quality standards with the assistance of veterinary officers.
Promoting Cooperative Societies and Livelihoods:
Governor Natembeya commended the commitment of his administration to generate employment opportunities for the youth. He urged residents to join cooperative societies to strengthen their bargaining power and enhance market opportunities. The National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) recognizes the significance of the local chicken value chain in Trans Nzoia County and prioritizes its support.
A Growing Demand for Chicken:
With approximately 50 million birds slaughtered annually in Kenya, it is evident that chicken consumption is widespread among the population. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that 92.6% of Kenyans frequently consume chicken, with 27.6% enjoying a chicken meal on a weekly basis. This highlights the immense market potential and demand for poultry products in the country.
The construction of the new state-of-the-art chicken abattoir in Trans Nzoia County signifies a monumental step towards transforming Kenya’s poultry industry. With a focus on empowering local farmers, generating employment opportunities, and meeting the growing demand for chicken, this project holds tremendous promise. As the facility takes shape, it is expected to bolster the region’s economy, enhance livelihoods, and contribute to the overall growth and development of the poultry sector in Kenya.
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