Kenya Railways now transporting cows from Nanyuki to KMC

Wagon wagon
A wagon transporting cows from Nanyuki to Kenya Meat Commission in Nairobi. [Photo: Courtesy]

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has reintroduced the cattle wagon on the Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line.

In a statement, the Kenya Railways said that each wagon holds up to 30 cows.

Most of the cattle are transported to the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from Nanyuki where part of Laikipia is inhabited by pastoralist communities.

The maiden trip went down on Sunday and the cattle arrived on Monday at KMC.

“The cattle transported from Nanyuki via Nanyuki Railway Line arrived @KenyaMeat earlier today,” Kenya Railways tweeted.

While reviving the century-old railway line connecting Nairobi to Nanyuki while passing through Murang’a and Karatina, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to revive the region’s economy.

The railway line has been transporting fuel to Nanyuki from Nairobi in a deal between Kenya Railways and Vivo Energy.

Vivo Energy said that by last year September, it expected to deliver five million litres of fuel to its storage facilities in Nanyuki via the railway line.

The railway line is a key component of economic growth for Mt Kenya region where the main economic activity is agriculture.

Transportation of agricultural produce to the city and adjoining towns is expected to boost farming in the region.

Farmers from the region say railway transport is cheaper and convenient compared to rad transport which eats up most of their profit.