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Training on healthy processing of meat
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUNE 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Jun. 2011 12:16 AM IST
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With a view to impart awareness on safe and healthy processing of meat for consumption, the National Meat & Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) in collaboration with Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) organized a day-long training programme for butchers and poultry workers of Kohima on Tuesday at DC’s Conference Hall, Kohima.
ADC Kohima and KMC administrator Alun Hangsing, who graced the programme as chief guest asserted the training, a first of its kind in Kohima, was the need of the hour not only for the benefit of butchers alone but for the consumers as well. Laying emphasis that meat has become an important food item for Nagas, he urged butchers and traders to be responsible and produce hygienic meat with correct usage of weights and measures. He called upon the participants to play exemplary roles for those in the same profession in the rest of the state.
Resource person VAS Dimapur, Dr. Inato Zhimomi, who is also a member of Dimapur Municipal Council, stated meat production has become a significant sector in Nagaland where `250 crores was being spent on meat alone. He said as such, the need for production of safe and healthy meat should be the priority for butchers and traders. Stating there were more than 200 zoonotic diseases that could be passed from infected animal meat to humans, he stressed on the need for meat butchers and traders not to sell infected meat to the public. He also informed that a modern slaughterhouse was being constructed in Dimapur, and asked the participants to visit and study the modern infrastructure once it was operational.
Prof. M. Hazarika of College of Veterinary Sciences, AAU Guwahati, spoke on skills on meat slaughter and abattoir management.
Meanwhile, meat butchers’ union Kohima forwarded a representation to the KMC, apprising them on the setbacks faced by the butchers. Pointing out that butchers were operating on rented places, the representation requested the KMC to allot a separate site for slaughter houses. Union also stated that meat butchers could hardly maintain cleanliness at their shops due to lack of water supply. It further stated that its members were unaware of how meat butchers in other states carried out their work, and requested the civic body to organize exposure trip for the members.
In response, Alun Hangsing assured the union that the KMC along with AH & Veterinary department would consider the stated grievances and try to redress them.

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