President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that his government is committed to getting new markets and expanding the existing ones to help farmers sell their livestock.
Uhuru, who was speaking during the official launching of Neema abattoir in Lucky Summer on Wednesday, May 26, said that creating a favourable environment for business to grow, with the intention of creating employment, is one of his top agendas.
The president also noted that the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) re-opening is part of a long-term strategy by the government to cushion livestock farmers from exploitative brokers.
The Head of State added that the government would continue setting abattoirs across the country to make sure that livestock farmers have ready markets for their animals.
“As a government, we will be setting up slaughterhouses in different places, and I know together with those being put up by private investors, farmers will not fail to get good prices.
“We cannot have a situation where a farmer has reared his livestock, and when the time comes to sell them, they are paid peanuts,” Uhuru assured.
He stated that the government would extend the reforms being rolled out in the coffee and tea sectors to cover other areas, among them maize and livestock farming, to make agriculture a beneficial economic activity.
He further commended owners of Neema abattoir led by Mohammed Bonaya for the determination and consistency that has seen their business grow and create jobs for many young Kenyans.
Uhuru also encouraged Neema to take advantage of the new Lamu Port and set up a similar meat processor in the region for the export market.
Neema is a slaughterhouse worth Sh300 million owned by 3,000 livestock farmers and has an installed daily slaughter capacity of 12000 and 6000 small stock(goats and sheep) for both local and export markets.
The president stopped to address residents on his way out of the abattoir and called for unity and harmony so that they can benefit from the investment being rolled out across the country.