Meat vendors at Kenol market decry low business
Meat vendors at Kenol market have decried a drop in sales and low business since the emergence of reports that there is an anthrax outbreak at the neighboring Kiambu County.
According to the vendors, business has been recording low clientele for the past one week due to the reports that there is an outbreak of the killer disease.
Gichohi Kamande who operates butchery at the busy market says that his business has not been doing well for the past one week.
“I have recorded huge losses here since the reports emerged that there was an anthrax outbreak. People have shunned eating meat,” he said, adding that meat being a highly perishable product requires cold rooms and freezers which they are unable to afford.
He said he sources his meat from Thika town due to the proximity from Kenol.
Gichohi pointed out that per day, he used to sell at least 150kilograms of meat but this is not the case anymore.
“On average, now I am selling around 30 kilograms at Sh 30 per kilogram”, he said adding that before the anthrax scare emerged, a kilogram was retailing at Sh340, hence they are forced to lower the prices to woo customers.
Samson Maina operates a joint that deals with roasting, boiling and frying meat. He notes that for the past one week, his business has not peaked up due to the scare. He attributes the low business to media reports that there is an outbreak of anthrax, which has made many customers to shun eating meat.
“Initially, I could make on average Sh.5000 per day from my small joint, now things are a bit tough because I open my business as usual and only a few customers flock here.
Charles Njoroge, a resident at Kenol town says that though he enjoys meat delicacies for the past one week, he has not tasted beef.
Njoroge says that when he heard about the anthrax outbreak, he shunned consuming meat and all other by- products made from beef.
He noted that meat vendors from Kenol market source their meat from Thika, hence the probability of getting the disease is high.
“My family now feed on vegetables and other cereals like beans and green grams and to substitute meat we eat eggs,” he said.
Last week, at least six people were treated at Thika local hospital with symptoms of anthrax.
The six locals are said to be working as loaders and butchers at Makongeni slaughter house in Thika.
The slaughter has since been closed for disinfection by public health officials.