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Environment-friendly slaughterhouse introduced in Dhaka

Update : 02 Mar 2015, 06:06 PM

Aiming to provide healthy and hygienic meat to Dhaka dwellers, the government has introduced the country’s only modern slaughterhouse in the capital.

The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) launched the new slaughterhouse in Mirpur yesterday, renovating an existing slaughterhouse in the area. The facilities have the capacity to manage 100-110 animals every day and supply meat to around 200,000 people in the capital.

It has separate slaughtering chambers, a bio-gas plant to utilise the animal droppings, and a rainwater harvesting plant to run the process in an environment-friendly and energy-efficient manner, said Dr Tarik Bin Yousuf, superintendent engineer at the DNCC.

The newly-introduced slaughterhouse will reduce environment pollution caused by unhygienic slaughter of animals in the city, especially during the sacrificial ritual during the Eid-ul-Azha, he said.

Currently there are only three public slaughterhouses in the capital, located in Mirpur, Mohammadpur and Hazaribagh, which are very few in number compared to the demand.

Dr Tarik further said the DNCC was planning to build another modern slaughterhouse in the city’s Mohakhali area soon.

Dhaka is a mega city with more than 10 million inhabitants and requires a huge number of slaughterhouses, but a lack of initiative did not let such facilities to be introduced, he added.

The new slaughterhouse was established with the support of Islamic Relief in Dhaka.

However, there are some privately-owned slaughterhouses with similar facilities in the capital, established by meat exporters such as the Bengal Meat. 

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