Kitui County Poultry Traders Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Limited now has a chicken abattoir built at a cost of Sh4.2 million.
The cost is part of the Sh9.8 million funding by the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) to them, according to the society’s chairman, Mr. Mutie Ngolo.
NARIGP projects fall under the ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development.
The chicken abattoir is at the Wikililye market in Katulani area.
Ngolo said that the sacco has procured processing machines for the factory at a cost of Sh2.6 million from the grant.
The facility has the capacity of slaughtering 1,000 chicken per day.
He was speaking during the sacco’s poultry farmers market meeting held at the Africa Brotherhood Church (ABC) in Kitui Town, recently.
County Trade, Industry and Cooperative Development Ministry official, Francis Mutuku was the chief guest.
Ngolo announced that in 2019 they (the sacco) were also given a Sh1.4 million grant NARIGP that enabled them to recruit a total of 5,845 poultry farmers within the County.
The cooperator said that the sacco started in August 2018 with 40 members and that currently it has over 70 members drawn from across the county.
“The sacco has conducted a market survey in Kitui County and outside the county,” he said.
Ngolo asked the farmers to take the poultry farming seriously “so that we can satisfy the market.”
Farmers led by Tabitha Singa and Joshua Kaloki said they will embrace the project.
Mutuku said that the only way through which the farmer can benefit is by joining the sacco.
The officer said that the sacco has a good plan for the farmers.
Cooperative Bank of Kenya Kitui Branch official Benard Ng’etich told the farmers that the financial institution has arranged with the sacco to have a model where the farmer transact through the MPESA after delivering their produce to the Sacco.