The Lagos state government says it will establish a butchers academy to train new and existing butchers in the world’s best practices on slaughter in the state’s red meat value chain.
The State Commissioner of Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, stated this today during the test run of a new semi-mechanized slaughterhouse under the Public-Private Partnership in the Bariga area of the State. Olusanya said the academy will attract young people to the sector through the adoption of technology and in an effort to make them the next generation of butchers.
In his words: “We have what we call the Butchers Academy on the way where we want to train our existing butchers to see global best practices around slaughter. We want to start recruiting graduates and young people to be the next generation of butchers, but the only way to attract young people to this sector is to have mechanized and semi-mechanized slaughterhouses ”.
“We cannot take them to traditional slaughter on the slab that is unhygienic, healthy and does not attract the right customers who will pay the margins and make this sector attractive to people.
The responsibility is ours as a government to make sure that we train our existing butchers and also to show new butchers that this is the system we want to instill in the future and we think it is only a matter of time before that reorientation. it is installed and everyone adopts this technology ”, said the Commissioner.
Olusanya said that there are 12 semi and fully mechanized operational slaughterhouses in the state, adding that some of them were set up through public-private partnerships.
He explained that the State has two fully mechanized lines in Agege, Oko-Oba Abattoir as well as other Public-Private collaborations in semi and fully mechanized slaughterhouses, urging butchers to adopt technology to get rich and make their job easier, faster. and more profitable.
The Commissioner noted that the semi-mechanized slaughterhouse in Bariga would create around 2,000 direct and indirect jobs when fully operational, adding that the association’s goal was to show the residents of Lagos the need for safe, hygienic meat slaughter. and hygienic.
According to her, “This Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project between the Lagos State Government and a private actor, Lion Unisco has been underway for the last few months and we are here for a real test with the anticipation that we should have it operational before the end of the year. This facility is also expected to generate direct and indirect employment of between 1,500 and 2,000 people ”.
“In recent months, the State Government had embarked on an awareness program on monitoring, enforcement and compliance to ensure the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and slaughter slabs, because this is the type of facility we are trying to promote” . , she said.
Olusanya said that the State Government is receptive to the idea of collaborating with participants from the private sector to have facilities such as the Bariga slaughterhouse, in order to ensure the correct slaughter of meat in a hygienic and healthy way.
“There is another slaughterhouse in Badagry, Trans Selectal Abattoir coming soon in December as well. All of this shows that in terms of our reforms in the red meat value chain, we take the change of narrative going forward very seriously, ”said the Commissioner.
Source: – Brandspurng