Kenya is currently supplying many countries with fresh meat. These include Hong Kong, Pakistan, India?
GV PAN EXT Meat factory
SV INT Sides of beef on conveyor belt
CU Butcher cuts pieces off carcasses
SV Line of butchers cutting up meat on conveyor belt--fat cut and removed to separate table
CU Butchering up meat--steak (2 shots)
SV Man puts meat packages into larger boxes
CU Packed meat in boxes (2 shots)
SV Boxes of meat rolled away on trolleys.
CU & SV Boxes of meat loaded into waiting truck as man looks on (3 shots)
GV Refrigerated truck drives off
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Background: Kenya is currently supplying many countries with fresh meat. These include Hong Kong, Pakistan, India and now Switzerland and Zambia.
Since Rhodesia closed its border, resulting in supplies of South African meat being cut off from Zambia, Kenya has entered into a GBP1,000,000 (2 million 400,000 U.S. dollars) a year contract to supply Zambia with fresh meat.
The Kenya Meat Commission factory at Athi River, near Nairobi, is where cattle are cleaned, slaughtered and butchered in an ultra-hygienic manner. A conveyor belt keeps up the flow of newly slaughtered beef while fast working butchers cut and grade it, ready for packaging.
From the production line the meat is loaded into cases, then porters ferry it to waiting refrigerated trucks.
The Zambian contract, which includes a weekly supply of 60 tons of fresh meat, follows another recent deal with Switzerland. This Swiss will be the first Europeans to import Kenyan beef.
SYNOPSIS: In the modern Kenya Meat Commission factory butchers are having to cope with greater production demands as new "big money" contracts pour in. Kenya already supplies countries like Pakistan, India and Hong Kong with fresh meat. Now, following the closure of the Rhodesian border, Kenya will be supplying Zambia with GBP1,000,000 worth of fresh meat every year. Zambia formerly imported meat from South Africa. Under this new contract she will receive 60 tons of fresh meat, and 15 tons of offal every week. The contract will run for three years and has an additional provision for the monthly supply of 3,000 cases of corned beef.
After being hygienically butchered, the meat is wrapped an carefully packed into large cases.
Then porters ferry the heavy cases through the factory, to the refrigerated trucks parked outside.
The Zambian contract isn't the sole cause of the rise in demand for Kenyan meat. Under a recent agreement Kenya will supply Switzerland with substantial amounts of beef, thus making the Swiss the first Europeans to import Kenyan meat. With the current world meat shortage, Kenya believes that more orders will be coming in.