KMC planning to set up slaughter houses

  • Around 300 metric tonnes of meat is produced in Kathmandu Valley daily

Kathmandu, April 5

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is planning to set up eight slaughter houses to supply hygienic meat to customers in the Valley.

Over 1,000 unauthorised meat shops have been found flouting government directives in Kathmandu. Ishwor Raj Paudel, chief of KMC, said many slaughter houses and meat shops were not following prescribed health codes, putting consumers’ health in jeopardy.

“Butchers were found to be compromising on hygiene. We are attempting to remedy this situation by setting up eight slaughterhouses and cold storage where large quantities of meat can be stored,” he added.

According to a report from the Department of Livestock Services, 303,401 metric tonnes of meat was produced in the country and 11,769 metric tonnes of meat was produced in the Valley in the fiscal 2015/16. The report also said that 300 metric tonnes of meat is produced daily in Kathmandu.

Bimala Khanal of Consumer Eye Nepal informed more than 800 buffaloes are slaughtered in the Valley

daily. “Slaughter houses must not be placed in residential areas. Without proper state inspection, the shops have been lax with hygiene and quality of their product,” he said.