Kibarani Kenya Meat Commission factory to be revamped at sh 700 M

Kibarani Kenya Meat Commission factory to be revamped at sh 700 M

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Kenya Meat Commission plant in Athi River. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: The government through the ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has promised to revive the Kibarani Kenya Meat commission factory at a cost of sh. 700 million.

Addressing journalists on Friday during a tour at the factory located at Kibarani in Mombasa county, permanent secretary in the department of livestock Andrew Tiumur said as a government, they are looking for strategic investors who will work together with them in rehabilitating the factory.

“We are encouraging strategic investors to come and partner with us so that we can work together,” said Tiumur.

Tiumur said that the factory is very critical as it is located near the sea where shipping of the products outside the country will be easy.

He further added that the ministry is working together with the county government of Mombasa in getting rid of animal diseases that has been a major setback in the exportation of these animals.

“We want to encourage the county government to work with the ministry in making sure that we get rid of animal diseases that have been a major handicap in the exportation of these animals” added Tiumur.

The Managing commissioner of Kenya Meat Commission Joseph Learamo on his side pointed out that the revival of the factory that halted its operations three years ago, will provide local farmers with the opportunity to sell their animals to them.

Learamo said that the reason why the factory went down is because of the tourism depression in the coast that affected the hotel system, thereby losing the business as the hotels used to be the best customers for the meat products.

“We have had a challenge because of the downfall of the tourism industry at the coast where we used to sell the meat products to the hotels around therefore, affecting the operations of the factory” said Learamo.

He said that they got a company from Turkey that will do a technical audit so that they use a new technology to rebuild the new set up of machinery so that it will not rust.

The ministry has done an audit of all Kenya Meat Commission Facilities and the rehabilitation will cost a total of Ksh 3.6 billion in all the factories in Kenya.