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MP Rajya Sabha Khekiho Zhimomi with members of DMC and resource persons releasing the booklet ‘slaughter house improvement for better quality meat and safer environment’ on Friday. (DIPR)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Sep 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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It what may be called the first of its kind, a day long training programme for butchers and other meat and poultry workers was held at Lotha Hoho Ki, here on Friday.
The training programme on the theme ‘slaughter house improvement for better quality meat and safer environment’ organized by Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology National meat and poultry processing board, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, New Delhi and Dimapur Municipal Council Dimapur was graced by MP Rajya Sabha, Khekiho Zhimomi as chief guest.
In his speech, the MP said that Nagaland spends around `400 to 500 crores for importing meat which could be stopped.
To check and stop this huge spending spree, Zhimomi suggested rearing of piggery and poultry at one’s own places and said production of 5000 metric ton of meat could easily be achieved instead of importing from outside.
Observing the large turn out of butchers and other meat and poultry workers, the MP said that their profession was an honourable profession and urged them to perform their profession with honestly, sincerity and dedication.
He further hoped that workshop would create a sense of awareness and improve the standard of the butchers and other meat and poultry workers.
At the training resource person Dr. D. R. Nath professor and head department of live stocks products technology, Assam spoke on the topic, “importance of slaughter house and areas of improvement needed for quality meat production. The topic on “basic concepts of modern slaughter house and importance of personal hygiene and butchers and meat traders” was presented by Dr. Laskar, Assam while Dr. H. Inato Jimomi VAS Dimapur Municipal Council spoke on ‘public health importance of hygienic meat processing, practice and meat inspection and certification’.
Around 250 butchers and other meat and poultry workers from Dimapur attended the training.
It may be noted that National Meat and Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) was launched by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry in February, 2009, in a bid to streamline meat and poultry processing industry.
This board addresses issues related to the production of clean and hygienic meat and poultry products. The board aims to help the rural economy, through employment generation.
It also aims to work towards rising the domestic standard in meat and poultry processing to international levels, develop uniform and effective meat quality testing systems and address environmental pollution arising out of the conditions prevailing in the meat industry.

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