New Slaughterhouses for Four Philippine Provinces31 December 2013
PHILIPPINES - Livestock farmers in Tarlac, Batangas, Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur provinces are to have four new slaughterhouses to process meat for local and international markets in the New Year.
According to a report on GMA News On-line, the provinces have signed an agreement with the Department of Agriculture to have double-A and triple-A slaughterhouses built.
The National Meat Inspection Service and the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service is helping to finance the project with a grant of 290 million pesos (PHP) for the construction of the slaughterhouses.
The agencies, attached to the Department of Agriculture, will also provide training and technical assistance on running the slaughterhouses.
The construction of the slaughterhouses is also expected to reduce the need for imported meat.
In the first nine months of 2013, the Philippines imported 153,000 tonnes of choice cuts compared to 134,760 tonnes imported in 2012.
Bamban, Tarlac will get a AAA million poultry slaughterhouse and trading centre worth PHP120 million while a PHP150-million AAA slaughterhouse for pigs will be built in Tanauan City in Batangas. The Bamban slaughterhouse will process up to 3,500 chickens an hour and the Tanauan plant will be able to process 250 pigs a day, the GMA News report says.
Tayug in Pangasinan and Candon in Ilocos Sur will, meanwhile, get PHP10-million AA slaughterhouses that can handle 100 hogs a day.ThePoultrySite News Desk