October 20, 2017

Slaughterhouses, cold storage to be built as part of livestock farming

Workers process fish at a seafood factory in Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, outside Yangon.

Slaughterhouses and cold storage units will be built in livestock farming so as to process the raw meat to export to the foreign countries, it is learnt from a breeders’ association of buffalo, ox, sheep and goat.
Currently, the animals alive are shipped to abroad, causing the exporters to face with difficulties. The plan of the construction of slaughterhouses and cold storages aims to cover the high cost and solve the problem.
“The transport of live animals is difficult due to the policies of the region and state government, despite the fact that the Union government has already given a green light for land crossings. After the cold storages and slaughterhouses are built, finished products can be exported to the international market,” said U Ko Ko Aung from the breeder’s association.
“In order to meet the international criteria for the construction of slaughterhouses and cold storage units, joint ventures will be established with foreign experts. We will join hands with them,” he continued.
The locations of the slaughterhouses and cold storages will be at least two miles away from houses or religious buildings. The breeder’s association will make sure not to harm domestic distributors working under a licence (C) granted by the City Development Committee, stating that the processed meat from their cold storages will be mainly exported to foreign markets, it is learnt.
The infrastructure will be self-conducted and they will explore the virgin and vacant land for construction.
This plan will be implemented simultaneously in Yangon, Magway, Sagaing and Mandalay Regions this year. A canning factory will also be built for the export market, it is learnt.
There are 16.772 million oxen, 3.695 million buffaloes, 19.06 million sheep and goats, 17.015 million pigs, 306.531 million chickens, 24.503 million ducks and turkeys and 2.106 million quails in Myanmar, according to 2016 statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

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