, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Livestock farmers and meat traders from Laikipia County and its environs are set to benefit from their activities following the opening of a meat industry located within Rumuruti towns.
The Ngare Narok Meat Industry situated along the Nyahururu – Maralal road has started buying livestock for slaughter directly from farmers ensuring that they do not lose money to unscrupulous brokers.
Ngare Narok Meat Industries General Manager Hassan Rajab says beside meat, the firm is heavily investing in associated by-products such as hides and skins industry and is also now moving into the organic manure processing as part of its expansion bid.
He says the though currently dealing with custom slaughter from traders around the region, the firm is now embarking in exporting processed meat to other countries among them Dubai and other Arab nations.
“The demand for mutton is high and hence this is an great opportunity for the investment as the company sets to specialize on mutton and camel meat and their products,” he said.
Rajab at the same time noted that the company was also engaging in the production of fortified fertilizer from the animal waste as its use has increased with local flower farms preferring the manure.
“This means that livestock farmers Laikipia and Samburu counties and mostly pastoral communities will have a ready market for their animals and will not have to wait for the weekly livestock markets,|” he said.
Rajab says this will ease the burden experienced by the pastoralists to search of market for their livestock as well job and wealth creation.
Currently, the factory employs 35 permanent staff and over 100 casuals and the number of permanent staff is set to rise by January, he notes.