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Modern Abattoir Lies Idle in Nakasongola

The Directors of the company said the modern abattoir worth 6 million dollars had the capacity to produce 60 tons of beef and 80 tons of goat meat per day.
File Photo; Idris Ali Elgadhi the Managing Director of Pearl Meat Industries pointing state of art machinery installed in thier abattoir located in Migyera town , Nakasongola
A modern abattoir constructed in Nakasongola district by Investors is still lying idle a year after construction due to the covid-19 lockdown.  

In September 2020, Pearl Meat Industries Limited announced that it had started operations after constructing an abattoir at Migyera town council in Nakasongola.  The company said it was working with a consortium of Italian Cogemeat Limited and Leo International who are the largest companies in the production and installation of slaughtering systems in Europe as well as the Gulf States.

The directors of the company said the modern abattoir worth 6 million dollars had the capacity to produce 60 tons of beef and 80 tons of goat meat per day.

They also revealed that they were ready to sell meat locally and paraded Egyptians among the international buyers.

However, the industry is now idle and no export of beef meat as they promised.  Edwin Tabaro a Director of Pearl Meat Industries Limited explained that the company had sourced meat buyers in Dubai and other Countries but they couldn't supply them over COVID 19 restrictions.

Tabaro added that since the restrictions have been eased, they are now resolving a few issues and resume operations as soon as possible. He says that they are also looking for local partners to supply them with the cattle to ensure constant supply in case they resume operations.

Idris Ali Elgadhi the Managing Director of Pearl Meat Industries Limited didn’t reply to our messages when asked about the delayed operations.

Sam Kigula the LCV Chairperson Nakasongola District says that they were worried over the delay of the firm to start operations because they had promised to employ over 300 people in the handling and process meat.

Kigula says that the farmers were also excited about the ready market near them but all this is yet to be seen.

During his visit to the firm in March this year, Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister of Animal Husbandry says that the work of slaughtering meat was to be restricted to modern abattoirs which are being established outside the cities. 

He revealed that three abattoirs will this year start operations in Migyera -Nakasongola, Kiruhura and Bombo -Luwero district.

In 2015, Egypt Uganda Food Security company invested 11 million dollars to construct a modern abattoir near Bombo town council along Kampala-Gulu highway.  It exported the first 50-ton shipment of Ugandan beef to Egypt in 2018 but since then its lying idle.

The abattoir has the ability to slaughter 1,000 cattle daily and can hold up to 5,000 animals. The modern facility also has coolers, skinning equipment, and a processing plant.

President Yoweri Museveni and Minister Bright Rwamirama have been quoted saying the company has issues and it wanted to rely on the government for its activities.