I was watching this video below of a so called cattle pusher and I couldn’t believe what I was watching. So, these cattle pushers act as transporters for people in Nairobi who own slaughter houses. The slaughter house owners gets in touch with the market that sells cows, once the owners have paid for their cows, the so called “cattle pusher” then walks (yes, walks) the bought cows all the way to Nairobi. I think in the video it says it will take the cattle pushers about 25 hours of walking before he finally gets to Nairobi.
Now, this video was unbelievable to me because I couldn’t figure out why the slaughter house owners won’t just rent a lorry and have the cows driven to Nairobi in half the amount of time. Why on earth would you hire a guy to walk through the rain with a bunch of cows in places that have thugs lurking a night (& thus, run the risk of losing all your cows and investment) when you could rent a lorry and get the cows to your destination quickly?
Prior to watching this video, I had just finished listening to an interview the Lee Kuan Yew (the former Prime Minister of Singapore ) gave and in that interview, Yew, essentially said that countries today are going to have to confront the problems of the modern world, which are jobs and growth. If they don’t confront these twin problems, they’ll be in trouble.
The comments on the video (which can be viewed on youtube) were even more astounding to me. I think there was one comment that talked about how resilient these cattle pushers were and another thought it was amazing. I thought it was utterly inefficient and odd.
Some countries are not going to be making microchips or cell phones anytime soon….