By Brian Itava
Crocodile farming in Malindi is becoming popular with the demand for crocodile skin rising by the day.
The Kazuri London Crocodile Farm in Kakokeni, in Malindi is one of the investments that has proved even the most fierce of reptiles has an economic advantage when the right approach is applied.
Mildred Perker is a British Investor who learned of this secret and decided to venture into the multi-million shillings business by setting up a 150 million shillings crocodile farm in Kakoneni for breeding and production of high quality skins that are manufactured into luxurious handbags.
The Kazuri London Crocodile Farm is home to both mature and young crocodiles.
Crocodiles require temperatures of between 32 and 33 Celsius to breed well, making Malindi a preferred environment.
The farm has created employment for the locals and is seen as an opportunity for growing the local economy.
Crocodile farming requires a permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service which works closely with the the Kazuri London Crocodile Farm to protect the wild population of crocodiles in a sustainable manner.
Women in the locality have been encouraged to engage in similar economic activities to uplift their livelihoods.