In line with the government’s initiative to uplift economic conditions and obtain lasting peace in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has officially turned over to the local government of Cotabato City the country’s first-ever halal abattoir.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that P20-million halal abattoir in Barangay Tamontaka Mother in Cotabato City will have a daily rated capacity of 15 heads for cattle, 10 heads for carabao, and 40 heads for goat.
The AA slaughterhouse is expected to be a reliable source of halal-accepted products for consumers in Cotabato and other parts of South Central Mindanao, as well as other regions.
“Through our policies and services, we aim to spur the modernization of the nation’s livestock and poultry industries, aware that the employment and productivity gains that it will bring could boost the rural economy, and help ensure availability of safe, adequate and affordable meat products for all,” Alcala said in his speech during the DA’s Peace Caravan.
The DA chief urged the Cotabato City government and local animal raisers to join hands in boosting their production so that when ready, DA will help equip the slaughterhouse with proper storage and cooling facilities to make it a Triple A abattoir.
“As an AAA slaughterhouse, it can be used in processing meat products for export markets,” he said.
Alcala noted that the country’s disease-free status coupled with established good hygienic practices, allowed the government to gain approval to export fresh frozen chicken meat to South Korea, halal chicken to the United Arab Emirates, and deboned poultry meat to Japan.
In support of its development and future expansion, Alcala committed to help in carrying out an animal genetic improvement program in the province, including the provision of 10 modules of Anglo Nubian goats, and 10 heads of female and one Brahman bull for cattle as initial aid.
DA will likewise assist the city government in crafting a halal livestock roadmap, which he said, should be completed within the month.
Farmers will be also taught how to grow their own source of silage or feed, he said.