Stakeholders task FG on investment in meat value chain
Stakeholders in the meat industry have appealed to the Federal Government to improve the state of the country’s butcheries, by investing in storage processing hubs, to meet the huge meat demand locally. They said this at a workshop in Lagos.
While commending the Lagos State government for the recent training of butchers to ensure that all operations in abattoir meet international standards, they showed their appreciation for the rehabilitation of the Agege abattoir, coupled with the deployment of experienced officers to the abattoir, among others.
“While government should ensure that these butchers adhere strictly to the new rules, Lagos State government has continuous training programmes designed for butchers to develop their skills, to keep them abreast of modern day best practices in abattoir services. The government promised to ensure that activities at the market are up to date, with a promise not to relent on upgrading and regulating the activities of slaughter houses in the state.”
Director, Meat Smiles, Mrs. Adebola Akingbile said butchering; food processing and other value chain would boost the meat industry. She noted that the butchering industry is facing challenges of shifting their mode of operation to value addition.