By Obegi Malack
The Maasai community is slowly abandoning their long standing culture of not consuming chicken meat.
Kajiado West assistant county commissioner Edith Njambi said Kajiado County now has more people eating chicken meat compared to the neighbouring Narok county.
She noted that chicken meat is now a delicious meal for many Maasais who have for long categorized chicken as wild birds.
Kajiado County Livestock and Veterinary Services chief officer Leonard Leakey Ritei said there is shortage of chicken in the country forcing them to import poultry products.
Speaking in Maroroi Ewuaso ward, Kajiado West constituency during launch of a poultry project, the chief officer said the demand for poultry products is so high yet there was inadequate supply form locals.
He challenged the Maasai community to embrace poultry farming since climate change was affecting livestock farming and land sizes were reducing daily.
Leakey said the new project is an eye opener to the community and should be embraced by all.
The project, whose construction will be done in two phases starting September this year ,will create new job opportunities and promote activities of the Ministry of Livestock in the county.
Glerian Limited director Ruth Moraa said her journey to poultry farming started in 2015 when she realized there was a big gap in rearing Kienyeji chicken in the country and chain value addition of the byproducts.
Moraa chose to rear Kienyeji chicken since it is toxins free and has no health risks as opposed to broiler chickens.
“We are looking forward to our company growing into a multinational company for quality products made in Maroroi, Kajiado County,” Moraa said.
Kajiado County Committee on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Chairperson Dr Henry Omae commended the county government for providing a good environment to put up projects that uplifts the community.