(Ecofin Agency) - Beef is the most consumed animal protein in Côte d'Ivoire, after fish. The government thus multiplies measures to boost the meat sector.
The Ivorian government launched a few days ago a project to build and equip four modern slaughterhouses and new cattle markets across the country. The Pro-Abattoirs project, as it is called, was officially launched on September 15, in Bouaké, by the Minister of Livestock and Fishery, Sidi Tiémoko Touré.
According to the Ivorian Press Agency (AIP), the project will cost CFA6.8 billion (about $11 million), and be implemented over the next three years.
Besides the new facilities announced under the project, two old slaughterhouses will be renovated.
The project should, according to the authorities, enhance the quality of livestock products and harmonize the relationship between slaughtering activities and the urban environment. It should also bolster the capabilities of stakeholders in the livestock and meat sector.
Official data indicates that the production of meat and edible offal in Côte d'Ivoire meets roughly 45% of the country's consumption needs. The BCEAO reported that the country imported 168,000 tons of meat and edible offal worth CFA75.7 billion (approximately $123.3 million) in 2021.
Through its efforts, the government wants to reduce its dependence on meat imports and provide the Ivorian people with more quality domestic meat.