The first modern slaughterhouse was inaugurated in capital Kabul during a ceremony which was attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and some other high level government officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock in a statement said the proposal for the construction of modern slaughterhouses in Kabul, Kunduz, Herat, and Balkh provinces, was presented to the government nine years ago but the construction work of the projects had stalled due to lack of proper management under the previous administration.
The statement further added that the construction of more slaughterhouses in Herat, Kabul, Balkh and Shakar Dara would be completed this year while the construction of a similar slaughterhouse would be completed next year in Kunduz province.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, the construction of the slaughterhouses would bear a total cost of 30 million US Dollars which would be built with the financial support of Asian Development Bank.
The construction of the slaughterhouses is one of the major projects of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, with each slaughterhouse having a capacity to slaughter up to 500 small animals like goats and up to 100 large animals like cows in one shift, the statement added.
The Kabul slaughterhouse is equipped with modern technology and it is expected that the other slaughterhouses would also be equipped with modern equipment in coming months, the ministry added.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, the inauguration of the slaughterhouses would ensure safety of butchery, help with environmental protection, and pave the way for the export of meat to other countries.