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Friday, 23 May 2014

Farmer set to start supplying rabbit meat to supermarket

By Bob Aston
Kanja Waweru, a farmer in Muhotetu Division, Laikipia County is set to start supplying rabbit meat to Mugo Supermarket in Nyahururu from Friday next week. Kanja has already bought packaging materials and has hired a cooler box that will be used to transport the rabbits.
An employee feeding the rabbits
“I approached the supermarket sometimes back and inquired whether I could supply rabbit meat to them. We held a lengthy discussion and finally from next week this will now become a reality,” said Kanja.
Kanja is set to deliver 10 kilos to the supermarket on May 30, 2014. Subsequent deliveries will depend with demand of the meat. A kilo of the meat will be sold at Ksh 400.
The rabbits will be slaughtered at Muhotetu slaughter slab. After inspection from veterinary officers he will then transport them to the supermarket.
 “Kenyans are not accustomed to eating rabbit meat despite the numerous nutritional benefits. They are cholesterol free and have high protein content,” said Kanja.
Kanja started rearing rabbits in 2010. He has been a member of Rabbit Breeders Association of Kenya (RABAK). He has attributed the emergence of rabbit farming to RABAK which he says has been at the forefront of marketing rabbit farming.
“Most people like rabbit meat but they do not have a place to buy. From next week residents of Nyahururu will now have a place where they can buy the meat,” said Kanja.
Some of the rabbits feeding
Kanja said some of the benefits of rabbit meat include; Low in cholesterol, calories, sodium and saturated fats. Has vitamin B2 and vitamin B12, has high protein content, contains Potassium that helps with fluid regulation and helps remove salts from the body, contains selenium that works as an antioxidant by removing free radicals before they can do damage to someone’s body and they also contains calcium and phosphorous.
He is now planning to expand his rabbit rearing agribusiness in order to meet the expected demand from the public.
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