Timi Joshua

The State government has trained no fewer than 400 butchers and live cattle dealers drawn from various abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state on current trends in abattoir management. These are parts of effort aimed at ensuring and maintaining a hygienic and conducive environment within abattoirs and wholesomeness in the red meat value chain business in Lagos. The 3-days forum involved presentation of certificates to participants by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau. The Commissioner stated that there is need for attitudinal change by stakeholders and concessionaires in the red-meat-value chain business, especially in the areas of operational procedures and abattoir management stressing that these are major determinants in the wholesomeness of the meat and products from the various abattoirs. He added that the State Government in addressing these challenges sponsored some butchers, live cattle dealers and other stakeholders in the red meat value chain business on a study tour of Kenya and Botswana Red Meat Industry. “The aim of the tour then was to expose the butchers to the international standard of operation within the industry, and towards improving the hygiene status in all the approved abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state, and also to ensure a wholesomeness in the meat that is locally consumed,” Suarau said.

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