Rise In Cooking Oil Costs In Kenya Creates Profitable Enterprise For Pork Lard SellerKuza Weblog

Rise In Cooking Oil Costs In Kenya Creates Profitable Enterprise For Pork Lard SellerKuza Weblog

For the reason that starting of this yr, cooking oil has grow to be a luxurious for a lot of broke and struggling Kenyans as the worth of the commodity continues to go up because of a rally in edible oil price globally.

Prospects now go for salad oil that is available in barrels and is sub-divided into smaller portions in lots of outlets. The purchasers carry their containers for the quarter, half, a full litre of cooking oil they want to purchase.

However even that is now not reasonably priced for a lot of given most outlets in the intervening time promote a litre of the salad oil at Sh200 averagely from Sh150 it was once.

Most hit with the costs are those that run companies that want a lot of this oil akin to potato chips, fish frying, mandazi, bajia and samosa amongst others.

Nevertheless, making a fortune out of this hike and serving to a few of these companies proceed operating at decrease price by giving an equal various is Michael Oketch, a pork lard vendor alongside the busy Jogoo Highway. 

“I began by opening a pork butchery early final yr and promoting meat to prospects however with time, I started receiving inquiries for pork oil from some consumers one thing which triggered my ideas into how this is also some supply of earnings,” mentioned Michael.


From there, he may go to his typical abattoir within the outskirts of Nairobi and after shopping for his typical pork meat, he would ask for shiny elements which to his shock have been bought at very decrease costs in comparison with the strange elements.

“I discovered {that a} kilo of the fatty elements was bought at Sh50 whereas a kilo of regular pork meat price Sh300. So, for the primary time I purchased 10 kilos of the fatty elements at Sh500 which gave me about seven litres of oil promoting at Sh130 per litre to earn Sh910,” mentioned Michael.

From there he has by no means regarded again. Right this moment, he buys as much as about 30kgs a day of the fatty elements which provides him round 26 litres of pork lard after extraction which he does by heating the elements.

In a day, he can promote as much as 20 litres of the oil to wholesale consumers raking him Sh2,600 whereas if he sells to retailers he makes Sh3,000 promoting at Sh150 a litre.

His most important consumers are fish frying enterprise folks alongside Jogoo Highway, in Burma Market whereas some in Gekomba Market. Others embrace samosa and bajia frying companies alongside the busy Eastlands street.

“I didn’t know that this enterprise will peak this quick as a result of as it’s, it’s now outdoing pork meat promoting and I consider that so long as cooking oil costs will proceed to remain up, extra prospects will come,” mentioned Michael.

He says many purchasers are actually not solely shopping for pork lard due to the excessive costs of cooking oil but additionally because of its nutritious worth.


Consultants assert that oil is without doubt one of the finest sources of vitamin D, a nutrient most individuals are poor in right this moment. 

Analysis performed in 2011 by Weston A. Worth Basis, a worldwide vitamin and well being platform discovered that lard from pasture-raised pigs comprises 1100 IU of vitamin D per tablespoon.

Lard is an effective supply of fat that assist a wholesome coronary heart. The truth is, after olive oil, which consists of 77 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids, lard has probably the most monounsaturated fat at 48 per cent.

These fat assist to decrease blood levels of cholesterol and keep wholesome cells.

Additionally, not like most vegetable oils, which shouldn’t be used for high-heat cooking, lard gained’t oxidize at excessive temperatures therefore it has a excessive smoke level.

Lard comprises choline whose low ranges is related with all the pieces from a higher threat of coronary heart illness and Alzheimer’s to issues with the liver.

And eventually, meals cooked utilizing lard have a tremendous style therefore typically enhancing the flavour of roasted greens, grilled meats, and even baked items.