This article focuses on the necessary requirements for starting a butchery business in Kenya. Butchery business is with no doubt a very profitable business venture as long as it’s conveniently located where there is a ready market or in a high traffic area, preferably in shopping centres.
The cost of starting a butchery business generally depends on the size of the business and the preferred location. Before thinking of establishing a butchery business, you need to consider important factors such as location, startup costs, target customers and suppliers.
You need to source for licensed and reliable suppliers who offer the best prices. Those in Nairobi can source meat from slaughterhouses or suppliers from Nairobi City Market, Kajiado or Dagoretti where there is a huge slaughterhouse that is licensed by the government.
Butchery Business Requirements
Licenses & Permits
- Public health license/ health certificate. The license is issued by public health officials within your locality. Those handling meat are required to have a medical certificate. The medical certificate costs about Kshs 500 and can be obtained from the local hospitals or clinics.
- Food handling certificate. It costs Kshs 600 and should be renewed after six months.
- Fire safety certificate. It costs Kshs 3000 and is renewed annually.
- Single business permit. It varies from county to county. It is around Kshs 10,000 per year for most counties.
The following equipment will be necessary for the day to day running of the butchery.
- Fridges and freezers.
- Display counter.
- Weighing scale.
- Sharp cutting/chopping knives.
- Chopping boards.
- Cleavers and hacksaws.
- Wrapping material.
- Butchery coat.
- Butchery hooks.
- Wooden lump.
- Meat cabinet.
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