By Mourice Seretta
Isuzu East Africa on Monday 20th September 2021 handed over 5 purpose built cattle carrier trucks to Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
The trucks will be used in the County under the Ministry of Health & Sanitation to assist livestock traders in safe transportation of their animals.
Ngilu says that inarguably 1000 animals trekking lose approximately 20,000 kgs of beef daily and that considering that each kilogram has a market value of Ksh 500 shillings it means Kitui loses Ksh 10 million shillings daily as a result of this obvious unattended problem.
She adds that every week therefore Kitui loses Ksh. 60,000,000 shillings and in a year that translates to a lose approximately of Ksh. 3.1 billion shillings.
‘The Livestock transportation trucks here today are modified to help Kitui livestock farmers and traders with safe, quick and efficient transport for their animals to various markets. The benefits from these program will be reaped by the farmers and traders through higher earnings.’ She says.
The Kitui Governor further offers that the move will create wealth within the livestock sector and for Kitui households. The returns from these trucks will be re-invested back into the livestock industry. Our livestock traders will be well represented in the running of these trucks to ensure equity and fairness.
In attendance during the handing over ceremony were Isuzu East Africa Chairman Hiroshi Hisatomi and the Managing Director Rita Kavashe.