Meghalaya Saturday got its first modern abattoir built at a cost of 21.67 crores at Mawiong near here. Sanctioned in 2010 by the National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development (NABARD), the abattoir has a capacity of slaughtering 240 cattle, 240 pigs and 160 goats a day, Veterinary Department director C Shylla said.
In his inaugural address, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the people in the city will now get quality and hygienic meat from the abbatoir as the meat will pass through stringent quality checks by veterinarians. He said that the slaughterhouse is equipped with an effluent treatment plant for scientifically managing the solid and liquid waste emanating from it.
Tynsong also said the demand for meat in Meghalaya remains very high throughout the year which has prompted many people to take up livestock rearing as a full-time occupation. Members of the Khasi Jaintia Butchers Welfare Association were provided with an orientation and training programme to work in the improved hygienic environment of the new facility, an official of the veterinary department said.
(With inputs from agencies.)