Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, says there was the need for butchers to follow global best practices in meat production and handling of meat meant for consumption.
The Commissioner made the assertion in Lagos when he received a delegation of the Lagos State Butchers Association.
Lawal noted that proper handling of meat had become imperative in view of the fact that the state had always been known for quality, while applying global best practices, hence, butchers should follow suit.
He noted that the processes butchers applied to transport meat had become worrisome and unacceptable, which would make the government to revisit the type of vehicles used to transport meat across the state.
The Commissioner said: “We are concerned about various issues, including reduction in the quality and quantity of cattle supply to the state due to various reasons and the funding of the butchers by Banks among others.
“The ministry will look into ways of assisting the association through various empowerment programmes.”
Lawal advocated for a meeting with the association later in the week to discuss and come up with short and long term solutions to the various problems in the meat value chain.
Bamidele Kazeem, the association’s Chairman, expressed appreciation to the commissioner for receiving them and promised to cooperate with the government to ensure that the meat consumed by the residents of the state were wholesome.