The government has approved the establishment of a donkey slaughterhouse in Chemogoch, Mogotio, Baringo County. This comes after an October 2015 petition by more than 1,500 residents of Baringo County, wanting the government to approve the facility.
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett has approved the opening of the abattoir in Baringo County, declaring it an export slaughterhouse.
With a capacity of 100 donkeys per day, the facility is ran by two Chinese nationals, Lu Jing and Lu Donglin, the proprietors of Goldox Kenya. It was constructed more than three years ago but the company is yet to be issued with an operating license.
According to Goldox director Lu Jing, the company will not only be buying donkeys from local farmers but also run its own donkey breeding programme on a 100-acre piece of land.
Donkey meat is reportedly in high demand in china, the main focus market for Goldox Kenya. With the approval made by the CS, the company is just one step away from assuming operations.