Nakuru County’s Innovative Approach: Developing Meat Production for Food Safety and Economic Growth

In a move towards enhancing food safety and boosting the local economy, the County Government of Nakuru is intensifying efforts to improve the hygiene, packaging, and marketing of meat products. A key component of this initiative involves the construction of new slaughterhouses and the refurbishment of existing ones.

A recent inspection led by Leonard Bor, the Agriculture Executive Member, and accompanied by other County officials, showcased the remarkable progress of the Eburru Mbaruk slaughterhouse construction in Eburru Mbaruk Ward, Gilgil Sub-county. The construction is being executed in phases and is currently at an impressive 68 percent completion rate, with a total cost of Sh10 million invested in the project.

The comprehensive construction project encompasses the establishment of state-of-the-art slaughterhouses, office buildings, modern toilets, lagoons, tanks, manholes, and manure sheds. This holistic approach underscores the commitment of Nakuru County to ensuring that every aspect of meat production aligns with the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

To address environmental concerns and effectively manage waste from the abattoir, innovative solutions have been integrated into the design. Specifically, blood tanks and disposal pits have been strategically constructed, contributing to the overall sustainability of the project.

Upon completion, the Eburru Mbaruk slaughterhouse is poised to become a significant hub for meat production. It is anticipated that the facility will be capable of slaughtering approximately 100 herds of cattle daily, along with 300 goats and sheep. This increased capacity not only augurs well for the county’s meat production capabilities but also holds great promise for revenue generation. The economic ripple effect extends beyond the county, positively impacting the local community surrounding the facility.

The foresight demonstrated by the County Government of Nakuru in prioritizing advancements in the meat production industry reflects a commitment to both public health and economic development. The modernization and expansion of slaughterhouse facilities not only ensure that consumers receive meat products of the highest quality but also open up new avenues for income generation, positioning Nakuru County as a leader in the sustainable growth of its agricultural sector. As the Eburru Mbaruk slaughterhouse nears completion, the county eagerly anticipates the positive transformations it will bring to the local meat industry and the communities it serves.

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