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Katakwi's Multi-Million Abattoir Commissioned

Located at Pamba ward in Katakwi Town Council, the abattoir has two solar-powered boreholes, feeding troughs with fly-proof nets, incinerator, refuse pit, store, offices, four stance toilets, bathroom, meat rails and four holding grounds for cattle, goats and sheep.
A resident of Abim district eating meat slaughtered in the bush. Picture by Stephen Eligu

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The newly built multi-million modern abattoir in Katakwi District has started operating. The Shillings 600 million abattoir was built with funding from the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry under the Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project.

Located at Pamba ward in Katakwi Town Council, the abattoir has two solar-powered boreholes, feeding troughs with fly-proof nets, incinerator, refuse pit, store, offices, four stance toilets, bathroom, meat rails and four holding grounds for cattle, goats and sheep. 

The abattoir, which has the capacity of handling the slaughter of ten animals at ago, was constructed by the China Geo construction cooperation limited over a period of one year. The abattoir was constructed alongside other marketing and production infrastructure comprising a livestock market, holding ground, quarantine station in Olilim and Adai valley tank in Usuk among other things.  

According to Katakwi district officials, all the facilities constructed under the resilience project that kicked off in 2015 cost Shillings 3.8billion. Katakwi Town Council has been relying on a small slaughter slab with some butchers illegally slaughtering some animals in the bush.

Dr. Ariko Onyait, the Katakwi District Veterinary Officer, says it has been very difficult to control animal slaughter in the absence of such a modern facility.  He believes that the meat will now be safe compared to the previous times when people would even slaughter sick animals in the bushes and sell it to the public.  

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Vincent Enomu, the Katakwi Resident District Commissioner-RDC who commissioned the facility cautioned butchers against slaughtering animals in the bush saying their intelligence shows that most of the animals are stolen.  He said they have resolved to step patrols to stem animal thefts.

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Charles Ilukor, the Chairperson Katakwi butchers Association was grateful for the facility saying they can now manage to keep animals for some time before slaughtering because there is holding ground in the abattoir.  He warns the farmers against selling to them treated animals so that they maintain the quality meat being slaughtered.

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