THE LAGOS State Government says it has perfected plans to clean up the red meat value chain in the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal who revealed this when he met with the Executives of the Butchers Association in the state said that the meeting was to seek their cooperation for the success of the reforms in the red meat value chain.
Lawal stressed that approved slaughterhouses would be linked to meat being supplied through the EKO refrigerated meat vans, noting that abattoirs would be identified and classified in order to link the butchers with the markets using a color tag or code.
The Commissioner said that the exercise would help to promote the meat value chain by providing wholesome and hygienically processed beef for people and for export opportunities and foreign investment into the value chain.
Lawal added that the issuance of the veterinary meat hygiene certificate for health and wholesomeness was compulsory and backed by Schedules 4 and 5 Cap M3 Meat Inspection Laws of Lagos State and that no butcher or meat vendor would be able to sell without the certificate in the state.