ETHIOPIA – The government of Ethiopia has inaugurated a new slaughter house in Eastern Ethiopia near the Somali border.

The abattoir has a capacity to slaughter more than 3, 000 sheep and goats per day and 100 camels, targeting the export market.

Other than earning the country foreign exchange the project will also create jobs for the locals.

“On the outskirts of Dire Dawa, we inaugurated an abattoir that has been set up to export animal meat products.

“This will not only enable it to earn foreign exchange by using the vast livestock resources in the area, but also help create jobs for the local community,” said Abiy Ahmed the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on a twitter post announcing the launch of the facility.

According to Ethiopia Expo 2020, the country has the largest livestock population in Africa, with 60.3 million heads of cattle, 31.3 million sheep, 32.7 million goat, 1.42 million camel and 60.04 million poultry.

“On the outskirts of Dire Dawa, we inaugurated an abattoir that has been set up to export animal meat products.”

Prime Minister of Ethiopia – Abiy Ahmed

In 2005/06 the country exported meat products worth US$18.5 million and reached US$78.36 million in 2019.

Its main market is the Gulf Region majorly to United Arab Emirates which accounts more than 60% of all meat export.

Other destinations are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accounting for 37 % and the rest to Qatar, Oman, Vietnam and few African countries mainly in the North.

For local consumption, FAO forecasts that between 2015 and 2050 demand for milk and beef is estimated to grow by about 5.5 million tonnes and 0.9 million tonnes or 145 and 257 percent increase, respectively, with similar or higher growth rates for demand of other animal source foods.

During the opening of the abattoir, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the Dire Dawa Industrial Park Project.

Sitting on 150ha of land, the US$158m industrial park has 15 sheds which will accommodate prospective investors.

It is aimed to offer youths in the community the opportunity to grasp new skills and knowledge as well as demonstrate their productivity.

The industrial park built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), is expected to create about 40,000 direct and indirect job opportunities.

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