New hope as Mwanza improves slaughter house

01Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
New hope as Mwanza improves slaughter house

AUTHORITIES in Mwanza have embarked on a new project aimed at ensuring that there is proper meat inspection and hygiene, the waste-management system at the slaughter facility in place to safeguard the environment of Lake Victoria and community’s health.

Mwanza City Council (MCC)

The project is aimed at rescuing millions of city dwellers and Lake Victoria's waters from pollution mostly contributed by lack of water treatment plants at the main slaughter house.

Wilson Nyamashwa, livestock officer with Mwanza City Council (MCC), recently said: “The slaughter house was unfriendly to the environment and the lake because there was no wastewater system to treat water from the slaughter  house. The abattoir was unhealthy for people living around these places because of the unpleasant smell.”

He is optimistic that that the installation of new wastewater treatment plant will transform the abattoir as the new plant will produce biogas.

“This biogas will be used in sterilization of working tools in the slaughtering house as well as production of organic fertilisers to boost crop production and increase revenues for MCC from sales of the fertiliser.”

 Coordinator of LVEMP for Mwanza City Council Lydia Nyeme says: “As Mwanza City Council, we’re the big contributor of pollution Lake Victoria. But, after the completion of the rehabilitation and installation of wastewater treatment plant things will be normalised.”

She says that the project will reduce pollution risks to human and the environment of Lake Victoria originating from MCA operations.

According to Nyeme, before the project, MCA was the main source of pollution in Lake Victoria as the abattoir had no infrastructures to treat wastewater; hence water goes straight into Shishi river that pours water into Lake Victoria, Nyeme explained.

She says that the project is expected to come to an end by the end of this month.

“We’re encouraged with the speed of contractors and I am sure they are going to complete the project by the end of this month,” she said.

Mwanza City Council’s environmental officer, Viane Komba explains that it will also reduce nuisance, resulting from improper wastes management and enhance food safety and hygiene.

He also calls upon authorities managing the slaughtering house to protect it so that it can stay for long time.

He further says the rehabilitation project will contribute to environment conservation efforts.

Mwanza City is the second largest city in Tanzania and serves as regional and administrative centre for Mwanza Region and the great lake area. The city is located on the southern shores of Lake Victoria in north western Tanzania.

With the population of 706,453 people as per National Population Census (NBS), 2012, the meat consumption in Mwanza City is supplied from slaughter slabs and individual arrangements, which do not meet hygienic requirements and environmental compliance. Due to population increase in the city and therefore the demand for meat is also increasing.

The Mwanza City Abattoir (MCA) is located in Nyakato industrial area about 8.5kms from Lake Victoria and 8kms from the city centre along Musoma road .The abattoir is owned by Mwanza City Council (MCC) with an approximate area of 135,000m2.

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