Lagos State Commission semi-mechaised Abattoir in Bariga
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing has commissioned a semi mechanised abattoir in Bariga area of the lagos state.
The semi mechanised abattoir is expected to drive the reforms in the red meat value chain of the state by providing the platform where meat consumed in the state are slaughtered, processed under hygienic condition, marketed and transported in the right way.
Governor Sanwo-Olu while speaking at the commissioning of the semi mechanised abattoir, said that the new semi-mechanized abattoir was a clear testimonial for other businesses to see and to learn from especially as it was under the state government’s ATM reform agenda in the red meat value chain where A stands for Abattoir, T for Transportation and M for Marketing.
The governor noted that Lagos consumes well over 50percent of the total livestock production in the country and as such the need for a safe and quality value chain cannot be over-emphasized.
“If we’re consuming over 1.8 million cattle and about 1.6 million sheep and goats, it means that we can indeed create a big ecosystem; a big controlled, managed, clean industry in our red meat value chain,” he said.
“We’re not just stopping at that, we’re ensuring that all of the plans that we have are been rolled out by the Ministry of Agriculture using a big one at Oko-Oba as a model, that we will continue to remain a place where all of us can be truly proud of,” He said.
He added that Lagos owns eleven of the 16 abattoirs in the state that there is a need for more private sector participation in the value chain to drive the state’s agricultural roadmap.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the story of the new semi-mechanized abattoir was the story of a seeming peasantry industry that has now been transformed to an elite one which shows the future the government wants for the state.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that the new semi-mechanized abattoir would provide no fewer than 800 direct and indirect jobs in the community, that with such a facility employment would be created for butchers, veterinary doctors, cleaners, and many others.
“We have had some discussions and there will be a cold storage and value chain meat processing machine coming in because hopefully, you will begin to see sausages, hamburgers, and all of that as the next phase of investment. This is an SME and it will expand. These are really what drive societies all over the world, small-medium family businesses,” he added.
He also stated that the semi-mechanized abattoir in Ilaje, Bariga would drive businesses into the area and improve the standard of living of the residents as well as bring infrastructural development in the area.
The commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, while speaking also on the semi-mechanized abattoir, said the semi-mechanized would be able to slaughter 100 to 150 cattle herds per day and about 80 to 120 sheep and goats.
She noted that the population explosion in the state has brought the need to have more abattoirs adding that there is the need for more private sector investment in the red meat value chain of the state to be able to cater for the needs of the people.
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