Poultry traders in Nyeri town have reason to smile after getting a modern abattoir to boost their business.
The Rware Poultry Sellers abattoir project, which was supported by the Nyeri County Government and funded by the Agricultural Sector Development Support Program II (ASDSP II), was commissioned by Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga.
Originally, the poultry sellers had to work in the open air in the Nyeri town area and more often faced harsh weather conditions such as scorching sun, heavy rains and floods.
Poultry seller James Kingori said despite doing good business, they will face a lot of problems especially when it rains. “This area is dirty and muddy and customers do not even come to buy our poultry when it rains,” Kingori said.
He said he was happy when the Nyeri County Government spearheaded the rehabilitation of the abattoir to modern facilities.
“After the rehabilitation of the abattoir, we can now afford to smile and work happily in our business,” Kingori added.
ASDSP is a national program implemented in all 47 regions. The Nyeri program is funded by the county government, the national government and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The project included the installation of a non-slip terrazzo floor, washable tiles, upgrading the chicken washing sink, upgrading the dressing table with a food grade quartz cover, installing modern bird cages, installing a modern hood and security gate.
After commissioning the abattoir in Nyeri town, Kahiga said the facility has improved food handling at the abattoir, improved food safety and attracted more customers.
This, according to Mutahi, has subsequently increased the turnover of birds slaughtered and marketed through the facility, increasing income for over 30 beneficiaries.
Customers will also be assured of food safety by providing chicken products free of physical and biological contaminants.
He said every job should be respected and encouraged more residents to take up the poultry industry to raise the standard of living of their families.
Rware Poultry Dealers Association Chairman Peter Kariuki commended the county government for the modern facilities adding that they are able to slaughter more than 70 chickens daily from the original 20 per day.