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FMARD partners Lagos to ensure meat haulage

FMARD partners Lagos to ensure meat haulage
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37 vehicles has been procured to facilitate the process across the country.

The federal government through the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has demonstrated its dedication to assure enhanced transportation of meat across the country as it partners with Lagos state government. Dr Maimuna Abdullahi Habbib, Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria and Director Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services said this in his statement during the study tour and stakeholders engagement to understudy the air-cool Meat transport vans from the Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses to the various meat markets in Lagos State.

According to Habbib, the ministry would oversee and manage the process to ensure that a policy is drafted in order to ensure smooth operations, enforcement and implementation of the process across the nation. She noted that as part of the ministry’s effort, 37 vehicles has been procured that would be distributed to butchers for free in order to facilitate the process across the country. Also, Habbib said that the Ministry would strengthen its collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to ensure save and secure delivery of meat from abattoir to the market across the country.

The project is run by a total of fourteen private investors’ companies.

The Hon. Commissioner of Lagos State, Ministry of Agriculture, Ms. Ruth Abisola Olusanya remarked that meat haulage business in Lagos State was rather disorganized, haphazard and unregulated before the inception of Eko Meat van Project in Year 2004. She states that then, meat and Carcasses were transported Abattoirs and Slaughter facilities to the deboning and bulk-breaking sections using wooden carts. She pointed out that the project was financed by Polaris bank in agreement with executive stakeholders formed by four Private investors and Butchers Association Group in order to operates the fleet of air-cool Meat transport vans from the Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses to the various meat markets statewide.

Moreover, Olusanya said the ministry initiated the Eko Refrigerated Meat transport van Project In 2009 into refrigerated form and which was an advancement of the air-cool Eko Vehicles.  Along with the State Butchers Association’s and Lagoon Butchers Ventures, a total of fourteen private investors’ companies were scrutinized and authorized to run the project under a jointly-registered cooperative umbrella (Agege Meat van Multipurpose Cooperative society). Conversely, the state Director of veterinary services Dr. Macaulay Rasheed Molade said on his goodwill message that the refrigerated meat transportation project runs from 2009 till date.

The visit is geared towards adopting best practices nationwide.

Molade went on to say the project is also involved in the daily haulage of meat carcasses, cattle officials, head and feet as well as other cow parts from the abattoirs to the various meat markets. Also on his part, the Chairman of Lagos State butchers Association Mr. Alabi Bamidele Kazeem reiterates on the butchers support to the state government as he assures that the association will continue on its ensure maximum cooperation with the state.

The primary aim of the visit was to stand-in and oversee the meat haulage structure in the state’s abattoirs, under the umbrella company, Eko Refrigerated Meat Haulage. It is also geared towards adopting the best practices in abattoirs nationwide and learn from the challenges that come from the initiatives in order to improve on them. In attendance were Representative of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Agricultural Insurance Cooperation (NAIC), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the CEO A is Farmers Market.

Unhygienic movement of meat on tricycles must be stop.

Notably, the project was enacted due to the dire need to ensure the safety and induce sanity to the handling and distribution of meat that is consumed by the public, through ethical and hygienic transportation. Likewise, the aim was to put a stop to open and unhygienic movement of meat on tricycles and motorcycles in many parts of the state, as meat that pass through such process is still largely exposed to flies and similar elements in the open markets, where they could be contaminated.


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25 days ago

FMARD partners Lagos to ensure meat haulage – 37 vehicles has been procured to facilitate the process across the country. – Express your point of view.

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24 days ago

Working in tandem with the administration of Lagos state, the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proven its commitment to ensuring improved transportation of beef across the country.

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24 days ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would be responsible for supervising and managing the procedure to guarantee that a policy is drafted in order to ensure that activities run smoothly.

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24 days ago

The Ministry is going to improve its partnership with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in order to guarantee the safe and secure delivery of meat from the abattoir to the market in every region of the country.

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24 days ago

At abattoirs and slaughterhouses, meat and carcasses were moved to the deboning and bulk-breaking areas using wooden carts. These parts were located in the back of the facility.

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24 days ago

Polaris Bank agreed to finance the initiative, and a group of private investors and butchers formed an executive stakeholder group to manage the fleet of air-cool Meat delivery vans that move livestock from slaughterhouses to retail outlets around the state.

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24 days ago

This has been done by the Lagos state government before and it could not be managed properly rather the meats are still been carried without protection thereby causing several health risk after consumption injustices hope this in conjunction with stake holders and Lago state government can be sustained.

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24 days ago

The major purpose of the trip was to serve as a stand-in and supervise the meat haulage system in the state’s abattoirs, which falls under the purview of the parent firm.

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24 days ago

Even after going through this process, the meat is still highly vulnerable to contamination from flies and other insects in the open markets.

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24 days ago

Work going with administration of Lagos state and others to make sure transportation of meat is running smoothly to make sure it get where is supposed to be and make sure safe of the meat is acquire

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24 days ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would be responsible for supervising and managing the procedure to guarantee that a policy is drafted in order to ensure that activities run smoothly.

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24 days ago

FMARD partners Lagos to ensure meat haulage. It is good but sometimes all that is needed is good management for it

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24 days ago

Above everything hygiene should be of top most priority especially when it comes to what we consume. This law should be seen to and enforced properly.

Abusi
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23 days ago

This is a nice development. The transportation of meat should be done in an healthy manner. It shouldn’t be done in a way that will expose the meat to food contamination. I appreciate the private investors that have decided to invest in the Business.

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23 days ago

Good news. Healthy meat transport is important. Food contamination shouldn’t occur. People who endeavor to stay safe

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23 days ago

FMARD partners Lagos to ensure beef haulage. It is good, but there are instances when all that is required for it is effective management.

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23 days ago

In order to ensure efficient operations, enforcement, and execution of the process across the country, according to Habbib, the ministry will supervise and manage the process to ensure that a policy is drafted.

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23 days ago

Lagos is so organize when it comes to meat distribution. Look at, they have partnered with FMARD for meat haulage.

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23 days ago

It is excellent that work is being done with the Lagos State administration and others to ensure that meat transportation is efficient, gets to its destination, and is safe.

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23 days ago

Lagos has always been in the forefront of distributing meat to meat seller but now are partnering with FMARD for haulage across the country. That is one good achievement.

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