Deputy President William Ruto

A poultry auction has been launched in Kenya, giving farmers a chance to sell their birds in bulk.

The launch was conducted by Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto at Kambi Kuku in Uasin Gishu, is the first of its kind in Eastern Africa.

The auction will open a new market for the traders and will attract hundreds of wholesalers.

Ruto spent his early years at this market selling chicken in a makeshift market along the Eldoret-Malava Road before he turned to politics.

But last Saturday, he returned as the Deputy President where he shared his past with other youthful traders and  launched an auction for them to sell their chicken at better prices.

Mr Ruto said he decided to launch the auction in the area, where he earned the name ‘hustler’, after selling chicken to make the ends meet as a gesture to boost poultry business among youth and women groups in the area.

Ruto catches one of the birds

The activity, which raised Sh 6 million, brought together small-scale poultry farmers from Jua Kali, Turbo and its environs with a total of 5,000 chickens sold at Sh 1,200 each.

Addressing the traders, Mr Ruto said the county government would help poultry farmers in the area 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 societies to help them in marketing their chicken,” said Mr Ruto who was accompanied by several MPs.

He said poultry farming could create a chance to lift women and youth out of poverty and improve their living standards. “Even the richest man on earth, Bill Gates agrees that it is through poultry keeping that we can eliminate poverty,” said Mr Ruto.

Mr Ruto also assured them of the availability of a slaughterhouse and storage facilities that could keep their chicken safe for even 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,” said Ruto.

Uasin- Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago told farmers in the area to take advantage of the auction to invest in poultry farming. “Now that our Deputy President has helped launch this auction, let’s invest in poultry to increase our productivity,” said Mr Mandago.

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