Lagos trains 400 butchers on new trade trends, seeks better hygiene in abattoirs

By Timi Joshua, Lagos
Lagos State Government has trained no fewer than 400 butchers and live cattle dealers drawn from various abattoirs and slaughter slabs on current trends in abattoir management.
According to the state government, the gesture forms part 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.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr Toyin Suarau 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.
Addressing the gathering on Monday in Lagos, he stressed that these are major determinant in the wholesomeness of the meat and meat product produce from various abattoirs.
He added that the state government in trying to address 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.
Suarau stated that “The aim of the tour then was to expose the butchers to the international standard of operation in the industry towards improving the hygiene status in all the approved abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the State and to ensure wholesomeness in the meat that is locally consume”, Suarau said.
He added that the state government had since embarked on a quick fix at the Oko-Oba Abattoir to put a stop to the former system of slaughtering of animals and processing of carcasses on bare floor adding also that upgrading of all the approved abattoirs and slaughter slabs to a semi mechanized abattoirs some of these are Matori, Achakpo and Ikorodu abattoirs while upgrading of Ologe, Ibiye and Ilaje abattoirs are ongoing and will be completed soon”, Suarau said  has since commenced.

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