Story by By MUNENE KAMAU
From Standard Digital News
As many youths grumble over soaring unemployment, Leonard Mbucho is a happy man. In his early 30s and with modest education, he is pocketing an average of Sh100,000 a month from a rare bird business.
In his one-storey structure in Gacharu village, Kirinyaga County, Mbucho rears hundreds of birds which include quails, turkey, the Egyptian goose, ordinary goose, the Ugandan cranes, ducks, turkey, pigeons, and guinea fowls, among other varieties of poultry.
But the rare quails stand out. The birds are highly valued for their pricey meat and eggs and their proven medicinal value.
The investment started a year ago after he came across the quails in Karatina where Mzee Kiongo Kamau had stocked the birds.
“I had just paid a visit to Mzee Kamau and within his homestead I could hear bird sounds coming from a wooden structure,” he said.
He developed interest in the tiny birds and secured 15 of them after learning from Kamau how they mature as demand for the eggs continues to grow.
In the Bible, God provided the Israelites with quails and manna in order to survive as they traversed the hot desert from Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan.
Today the tamed bird is a delicacy especially among the Luhya who refer to it as Isidu. The Luo call the bird Aluru.
And the bird sells like hot cake in select restaurants within Nairobi and other restaurants are slowly adopting to it. It is also highly sought after for its medicinal value. Continue reading