MINAGRI to close down Kigali substandard butcheries

On 20 January 2018 at 03:51

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has announced that they are set to close down 7,8% of butcheries in Kigali city which operate in sub-standard facilities.

This follows MINAGRI’s monitoring exercise on 114 butcheries around the city which revealed different problems in the business.

The exercise was conducted last year by the department of agriculture and livestock inspection at MINAGRI.

While speaking during the launch of the monitoring findings on Friday, the Director General of Agriculture and Livestock Inspection, Béatrice Uwumukiza said that they intended to show people in the business requirements that they were missing as well as saving consumers’ lives.

She said that during the monitoring exercise, some butcheries were immediately closed down while the process is ongoing.

“During the monitoring, we closed some butcheries with critical problems as well as fining others. Some butcheries slaughter animals from unknown places, sometimes which are stolen. We also banned all related activities that seem to be harming lives of population,” she said.

She said that they will not tolerate those selling meets from unknown places.

Among butcheries that will be closed include those constructed close to sewage systems, hair cutting saloons and dust places among others.

Under the monitoring, MINAGRI said that despite these working in shanty places, 24.5% of them have no required square meters (at least 20km2).

Only 57.8% of butcheries have standardized balances and 94.7% have fridges. 60.1% have closets to use in displaying meets, but among them only 11% have closet with glass-doors.

Among people in this business only 22.3% have required machines to cut meets, while 77.7% cut them on trees.

Though, only two slaughterhouses are allowed in Kigali, Nyabugogo and Kabuga, the monitoring revealed that 66% of butcheries sell meets from unknown places as they don’t present the documents showing their origins. Only 34% represented the origin of their meets.

Only 47.7% have fly-fighting conditioners, but others use insecticides while it is non-allowed. Those who have hand-washing means are 62%.

Butcheries with white tiles are 76.3% and only 28% have required appropriate dressing. 10% don’t have head covering means and 8.7 have no appropriate shoes.

Those who conducted medical check-up on communicable disease are 28.9%.

MINAGRI says that the closing exercise will take place immediately after the release of the report.

Butchery owners speak out

NtawizeraLéonidas a butchery owner at Jabana Sector Gasabo District requested the time to prepare themselves than closing down their businesses.

“Imagine the machine cutting meets is Rwf1.2 million, not all vendors are capable to afford them. I think that they can categorize us based on the places we work from,” he said.