Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday launched a poultry auction at Kambi Kuku Uasin Gishu County. The poultry auction the first of its kind, brought a 5,000 chickens from farmers in Juakali, Turbo and its environs.
Kambi Kuku is a makeshift marketplace built around the bumps of the Eldoret-Malava road.This is where William Ruto spent his youthful days selling chicken to motorists. During the event Mr Ruto said he decided to launch the auction at Kambi Kuku, where he earned the name “Hustler” from seling chicken to survive as a guesture to boost Poultry Farming among youth and women groups in the area.
The activity managed to raise Ksh 6 million with each chicken being sold at Ksh 1,200. Mr Ruto affirmed the traders that the county will help poultry farmers in Uasin Gishu to form cooperative societies to eliminate middlemen who exploited them by buying the chicken at lower prices.
The county government has been asked to help poultry farmers form cooperative socieities to help them in marketing their chicken – Ruto
He further said that farming could create a chance to lift women and youth out of poverty and improve their living standards. He also assured the poultry traders of the availability of a slaughter house and storage facilities that could keep their chicken safe for a month.
We have a ready slaughterhouse and storage facilities in this area. It’s now upon farmers to invest in the sector to increase their production. – Ruto
He stated that the auction would be held yearly at a venue to be identified by the county government.
Uasin Gishu county governor Jackson Mandago told farmers in the area to take advantage of the acution to invest in poultry farming and empower themselves.
Now that the deputy president has helped launch this auction, let’s invest in poultry farming to increase our productivity.- Mandago
Leaders present were, Oscar Sudi (MP Kapseret), Rigathi Gachagua (MP Mathira), Caleb Kositany (MP Soy), Janet Sitienei (MP Turbo) and Gideon Keter (Nominated MP).