Meat processors in the Midlands province are calling for strict legislation to reduce cases of unorthodox means of slaughtering which is exposing the public to buying infected meat.
While there is a downward supply of beasts for slaughter at certified abattoirs owing to a number of factors, meat professor’s say their major undoing comes from under the tree slaughters placing lives of masses at risk.
An administrator at Mdhomboyi Abattoirs Samuel Zhou says there has been a reduction in the supply of beasts for processing owing to the low circulation of foreign currency as suppliers prefer to sale their cattle in United States dollars and rands.
“We are pleading with the Ministry of Agriculture to enact stiffer penalties to curb unorthodox means of slaughtering as the public may buy infected meat,” said Zhou.
Supplying Zvishavane, Gweru, Bulawayo and Harare, the abattoir buys cattle as far as Chiredzi at $1700 electronic transfer, forcing the price of beef to an average price of $15.