Beef from Narok pastoralists will soon access international markets after the county government signed a KSh1.02b abbatoir deal with an Indian meat processing company, Hind Agro Industries Ltd.
The construction of the slaughter house is set to commence in 2016 and would create 150 jobs when fully operational.
Hind Agro exports buffalo meat. It exports its products to more than 20 countries among them the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bahrain, Indonesia and Egypt. This means pastoralists from the county would access international markets for their beef.
The deal was struck during the first investors’ conference in the County, held on December 3-4 at the Mara Serena
There are only a handful of professional abbatoirs in Narok, and the new slaughterhouse by Hind, which will have the capacity to handle up to 1,000 cattle daily, is a welcome reprieve for farmers in the area.
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) says there are about 1.3million cattle (beef and dairy), 750,000 goats and 1.4million sheep in the county.
ASDSP further notes that there are 156 ranches in the county, an indication that the new slaughterhouse will have enough supply.
A total of Sh54.7b deals were signed during the conference, for projects in Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism.
Of the total amount, Sh28.35billion will be invested in agricultural projects.