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Uganda meat producers to build mult-ibillion abattoir

Staff writer |
The Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union (UMPCU) will construct a multi-billion modern abattoir in the cattle corridor in one of efforts aimed at boosting beef quality and export.

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Through a partnership with the private sector, Norwegian donors and the Uganda government, UMPCU has secured up to $7.5m (Shs 19 billion) to build the facility at Butalangu in Nakaseke district.

Currently, animals slaughtered in Kampala abattoirs are being transported under crude conditions for long distances from the cattle corridor, which stretches from Karamoja through Teso, Luweero, Nakaseke, Mbarara to Ntungamo in western Uganda.

Norwegian beef and poultry giant Nortura SA, and UMPCU's 2,617-member livestock farmers (grouped in 33 cooperatives) in the country's cattle corridor, are the majority stakeholders in the abattoir project. Apart from housing the abattoir complex, the facility will include a ranch, and a hides and skins treatment section, among others.

Last week, UMPCU Chief Executive Officer Joshua Waiswa announced that they had already acquired 32 acres of land and constructions would begin before August.

With the facility, expected to slaughter as many as 100 animals per day, Waiswa said UMPCU would be in position to supply quality meat for both local and international markets.

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