Kenchic Ltd has upgraded its laboratory with state-of-the-art Elisa machine. The machine will be used to detect poultry diseases by screening for antibodies in blood samples of the company's, customers' and contracted farmers' chicks.
Malcolm Philips of Poultry Health Services UK trained staff members and attachees from Tanzania and Zambia on the poultry business. Kenchic's production facilities are in Tigoni (meat processing plant), Athi River (commercial broiler farm and hatchery facility) and six breeder farms on the plains of Kajiado and Naivasha.
"We are the first poultry company in East Africa to acquire this type of equipment. Kenchic will now be able to carry out many tests and get results quickly and efficiently. Previously, we were sending some of the samples to the UK and it would take a while to receive the results." Watson Messo, the Kenchic veterinary officer, said.
He said they will be able to detect fowl pox, typhoid, gumboro, newcastle, infectious bronchitis, mareks and fowl cholera.