DA, city to build high-end abattoir

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of Department of Agriculture (DA) will set aside in P80 million for the establishment of double ‘A’- standard slaughterhouse in the city.

In the draft memorandum of agreement between NMIS and city government, the project included the establishment of built-in cold storage facility and meat processing plant.
The draft memorandum of agreement is now under review by the city council’s committees on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances and agriculture and food after its passage for first reading last week.
The project will be established following the clamor of the livestock raisers.
“One of the problems of livestock raisers in the region is the lack of ‘AA’ slaughterhouse where farmers can slaughter their animals before transporting to the commercial/ urban or marketing centers,” the draft memorandum of agreement cited.
The project is aimed at producing meat products that would pass good manufacturing practices and sanitation standards operation procedure.
The AA-standard slaughterhouse is equipped with adequate facilities and operational procedures to produce meat products for sale in the market, according to DA.
Under the draft memorandum of agreement, the NMIS has to also “provide the necessary trainers/expert lecturers to the slaughterhouse operation and management operation seminar, butchers training and basic meat inspection training course for local government unit personnel.”
The new project is part of the targets of DA-NMIS, which is to help produce quality products.
“The Philippines is envisioned to be a major producer of meat and meat products in Southeast Asia with meat coming from established and rehabilitated abbatoirs that meet the prescribed standards of NMIS,” the draft memorandum of agreement cited.
Under Republic Act 9296 or Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, the local government units have to improve the existing meat facilities to comply with the national standards.
At present, the city has a slaughterhouse, which is currently operated by the Bankerohan Livestock Dealers Cooperative, in Ma-a. It can process about 500 hogs, 10 large cattle and 20 goats a day. (KMF)

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