Butchers Association in Anambra State has expressed worry over absence of cattle market and functional abattoirs in the state.
It said lack of the facilities has negatively affected the prices of cow meat as people could not bring in cows to the state in large quantities.
The president of the association, Chief Felix Ononenyi-Ikenga, who disclosed this in Awka in a chat with newsmen, described the situation as unhealthy for a state that has about 35 registered slaughter facilities.
He accused the state government of not assisting his members in keeping their operational environment across the state healthy in spite of the taxes and levies they pay, saying the cattle market will enable them expand their scope to guarantee affordability of the commodity for consumers.
It is unfortunate that we do not have a cattle market in Anambra. We want the state government to establish one for us so that we can operate at an advantage like our members in other states.
“Again, various governments have promised to establish abattoir in the state but it has remained at the promise level. As I am talking to you now, there is no single standard abattoir anywhere in Anambra.
“We expect them to help us clean our slaughters, what we have and how they are maintained are all our efforts, the government do not contribute to it,” he said.