The Lagos State government says it is poised to improve the Red Meat Value Chain and ensure zero tolerance to unhygienic meat.
The State said that it is committed to sanitizing the value chain by ensuring that the populace consume healthy and wholesome red meat. Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State, Prince Gbolahan Lawal gave this indication during the flag off of the pilot scheme of the reforms in the red meat value chain in Lagos Island, Lagos.
Lawal explained that that henceforth, the State will activate a reform where processing of meats are properly done from Abattoirs to the Market.
“As a government, the hygiene and food safety is one if the cardina pillars of the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and as a Ministry, we already have existing law on meat which gives credence to ensuring a better hygiene and food safety in the Red Meat value chain.
Meat hygiene is of Paramount importance in the red meat value chain because of meat borne diseases and the need to bring our activities in this regard to international best practices.
In view of this therefore, it is thus expedient on us as a State Government that is committed to making Lagos State a 21st century economy to raise the standard of slaughtering, processing and marketing of the red meat in the State.
A lot of restaurants between 3 and 5 star hotels are no longer patronising our butchers, and as a government that wanted the inclusive business and income to grow, we therefore embarked on this transformational change.” he said
The Commissioner said that the purpose is to ensure the safety and health of the populace by ensuring that only certified animals are slaughtered and wholesome beef is available in the markets. This according to him, will also boost the international recognition of beef from the State, open up an export portal which will be a source of forex to the State government.
He noted that the government has engaged critical stakeholders such as Butchers Association in the astate, Market women and men, concessionaires and franchises among others who are germane to the successful implementation of the reforms exercise.
He said in the past, the processing of animal was a major challenge for the State, which made it to embarked on clearing of illegal Abattoirs, but the problem persisted, and then need to come and wait for them at the market became imperative.
Prince Gbolahan who was delighted to formally launch the three-pronged strategy of the reforms with the acronym ATM, which stand for Abattoir, Transportation and Market, aimed at reforming the red meat value chain in Lagos State.
The Commissioner stated that the State has started by first identifying stakeholders’ mapping before the kick off of pilot scheme in Ita-Faaji, Ikorodu, Igando and Badagry axis of the State, but will begin the full implementation of the reforms in the Red Meat value chain from January 5, 2020.