The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and an indigenous company, Multi-Net Group has commenced fresh efforts to increase local capacity operation of modern abattoirs in the country. To this effect, both parties have sealed a deal to establish modern international standard abattoirs in the six geo-political zones in the country.
The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding, according to bother parties, is to develop meat and livestock process value-chain wherein there would be traceability in meat products, and also the quality and hygiene would be guaranteed.
A statement made available to journalist in Abuja noted that the objective of the MOU was to discourage Nigeria from relying on imported meat products, which are of questionable hygiene and quality.
The Chairman of Multinet group, Dr. Uzoma Obiyo said the modern abattoir would produce healthy, quality, fresh and locally produced animals. He said modern abattoirs would also help provide income and livelihood for livestock farmers. He also made a strong case for agricultural entrepreneurial revolution, noting that the nation had the capacity to become a major player in that area.
The initiative, he said, would attract young unemployed youths into farming and live-stock. “I see a situation where a young person will be proud to say that he or she is a butchery expert and earning good living with it,” he observed.