DIARY OF A POULTRY FARMER: Untold costs to bear in poultry business

Ms Lucy Gathirwa feeds her 150 Kienyeji layers at St Claire estate in Elburgon, Nakuru County. The layers are fed with layers mash where in turn produce good production. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NMG

What you need to know:

  • One of the requirements for supplying my products to the supermakert was that I had to obtain a Kebs standard mark of quality.
  • After submitting all the documents — company certificate, PIN, a copy of my National ID card and paying a fee of Sh11,500 for certification, I was asked to wait for between two weeks.
  • An officer from the bureau visited my farm to take some “samples” for testing in their laboratory. She came after six months, noting the test results were satisfactory. I was then issued the certificate. For eggs, they test for pathogens like salmonella and cleanliness.

As soon as she read the words ‘chicken eggs’ on my permit, she was curious to know where my farm was located and whether I reared commercial layers or Kienyeji chickens.

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